Manatee celebrates 'Halfway to Earth Day’


For a Green School like Manatee Elementary, Earth Day celebration is serious business. Unfortunately, Earth Day is April 22, which falls right in the middle of FCAT/FSA testing, leaving little room for celebrations. 

Manatee, a 2015 U.S. Dept. of Education Green Ribbon School, got creative and started Halfway to Earth Day, a day in October, halfway to April, used to observe Earth Day and bring about all things that make the planet special, things that contribute to life and the well-being of all. 

Manatee invited local organizations to join in and add variety to the activities encompassing the celebration to expose students to an array of environmental topics. 

For the whole school day on Oct. 19, Brevard County Solid Waste Management Dept., Hubbs Seaworld, Brevard Zoo and Judi’s Butterflies were at Manatee’s pavilion presenting, teaching and interacting with all students. 

In a period out of the classrooms, students learned about things important to keep the earth healthy ― from Monarch butterflies and how to help protect their habitats to how to recycle better. 

Feedback from teachers, students, and exhibitors confirm that Manatee’s creative way to celebrate Earth Day was a success.  

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