The mission of Willards Elementary School is to provide all students with a variety of learning experiences that will enable them to be confident, self-directed, lifelong learners. We know that our work will continue as we maintain established practices and look for additional ways to support our "going green" efforts.
TOP FIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Waste Free Lunch - Willards originally instituted the waste free lunch monthly as a conscientious effort to cut down on waste. The students and their families have embraced the concept as we now see an increased use of silverware and reusable containers coming from home. In the future, we plan on continuing this program and expanding it on a bi-monthly basis.
Conserving Materials and Supplies - When planning and implementing lessons, teachers are more conscientious regarding paper copies, manipulatives, and an increased emphasis on integrating reusable materials into the classroom. This is supported by our grade-level arts integration residencies where students create projects using reusable materials. Reusable materials were donated by local families within the community.
Healthy Lifestyle Changes - In order to support a healthy environment, students internalized the importance of being active and healthy. Starting in 2015, students at Willards participated in many activities that emphasize these goals. Examples of these include a Willards Walking Club, Reindeer Dash, Leprechaun Leap, recreational clubs three times a month (yoga, soccer, kickball, dance, Mindfullness), Jump Rope for Heart, Walking Field Trips, Field Day and Willards Walking Parade.
Expansion of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Replace" - Willards has implemented many "Going Green" initiatives. In addition to our "No Waste Lunches" and concerted efforts to conserve materials and supplies, Willards has also implemented recycling stations in various locations around the school. Some stations include: dry erase markers, plastic, paper, ink cartridges and cardboard. Students' efforts are supported by their families and their community.
Community Garden: Future plans have already been started by our Green School Committee, PTA and community members to create a school vegetable garden that the students, parents, staff and community members will plant, maintain and harvest. In addition, this garden will provide one of our local businesses with fresh vegetables to use in their restaurant.