Install Bird Boxes
5/13/16 - Students in First and Second grades decorated and installed bird feeders. Mrs. Barga from our local 4-H club worked with students to design bird houses, which were later installed on school grounds.
With Mrs. Barga, students created a bird feeder for species of birds native to the Chesapeake Bay and observed various species of birds over an extended period of time. Each class chose a bird to create a feeder for including Hummingbirds, Pileated Woodpeckers, and Eastern Shore Bluebirds.
After the bird feeders were installed, students then had the opportunity to observe and protect birds that are indigenous to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
In the future, we plan to maintain the bird feeders so we can continue to conserve a habitat for these birds.
May 13, 2016, First grade students decorated and installed bird feeders in various outdoor locations around the school.
Plant Native Trees
4/29/16 - Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade attended a school-wide presentation on how trees benefit the environment. Matt Hurd from Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Project Forester), and Kathy Kronner (Project Forest Ranger) educated students on local plants and trees. Students investigated the benefits of trees on the environment. Student volunteers from every grade level participated in a "Buffer Experiment" and several hands-on activities.
As a follow-up to the presentation, students in First Grade planted native trees (Red Buds). In January 2017, Second Grade students planted a Blue Spruce tree. The Beautification and Green Team Committee members also planted shrubs and perennials in and around our reading garden.
In addition to Mr. Hurd's presentation, the Second Grade students will participate in an hour-long presentation on April 21, 2017 by the Maryland Conservation Corps. During this presentation, the student will learn about the benefits and impact of planting tress and each student will be given a Loblolly Pine seedling to plant at home.
April 29, 2016, all students at Willards attended an assembly discussing the benefits of trees in our environment.. First grade students planted a Red Bud tree in the outdoor classroom.
Second graders then planed a Blue Spruce in our reading garden. (Jan. 2017)