"Planet Protectors": Where Have We Been? What Does this Program Look Like? What do our Partners Think?
|"Planet Protectors" has been successfully implemented in the following schools and community centers in the Greater Boston area:
Harvard Kent Community Learning center, Charlestown
Neighborhood House Charter School, Dorchester
"e" inc.'s activities are interactive
and create excitement amongst our children. When they return to
the class, they are bubbling over with what they "got to do in "e"
inc." The students have also learned very helpful science techniques
that they then used in MCAS tests, such as tallying data and creating/reading
graphs. We are very excited to have "e" inc. be a part of our after
school program at the Neighborhood House Charter School. It is a
relationship we are very excited to grow and expand in the future."
- Trina Heinisch, Director of After School and Summer Programs
Jackson Mann Community School, Brighton
Ohrenberger Community Center, West Roxbury
The "e" inc. educator is outstanding;
working in a way that makes that is geared towards making environmental
science interesting and fun. Our children worked on weekly lessons
about the Ocean and the effects human actions have on this biome.
The classes even incorporate discussions by the kids, who also ask
fantastic questions. The end result? My kids have become curious
about their environment and have worked to come up with some solutions
on how to protect and conserve the resources we have. "e"
inc. has been a special asset to our program.
- Tom Regan,
BELL Foundation Summer Program, Roslindale
Vine Street Community Center, Roxbury
Vine Street strongly supports the "e" inc.
science and action program. The program is designed to deliver quality
environmental and science programs for youth and is a valuable partner…enhancing
our children's abilities in science through experiments while helping
them understand the environment in their community.
- Dave Hinton, Cluster Administrator
Chittick Elementary School, Mattapan
Orchard Gardens Community Center, Roxbury
Mission Hill Charter School, Mission Hill
At The Mission Hill Charter School, in Roxbury, we were investigating
clear-cutting of the rainforests with my fourth grade "Planet Protectors"
team. As we discussed some of the reasons for clear cutting, I mentioned
that rainforests are cut down to make room to raise cattle so many
fast food restaurant chains can get inexpensive meat. I was pleased
with the participation of my students in the discussion and actually
surprised by the maturity of one girl in the fourth grade who me
a question that many people struggle with when trying to understand
how they can effect a change. She asked, "If I stop eating meat
at a large chain in my neighborhood, how will that make any difference?
Won't everyone else continue eating there?" This question allowed
me to revisit one of "e" inc.'s most important
action concepts -- the nested box.
In our groups, we teach that when one person learns about an important
environmental problem, she can begin by making change first in her
own choices. She is the smallest box in the nested box set. From
there, she can pass on her knowledge to friends and family and eventually
to her entire community, adding a bigger box with every effort.
The next week, this young girl wrote a pledge to not eat meat on
Thursdays and, as a group, we have begun to brainstorm ideas of
how to involve the entire school in this action.
- Kimberly Guerra, "e" inc. educator
King Open School, East Cambridge
Frisoli Youth center, East Cambridge
Cambridge YWCA, Central Square
Winthrop School, Roxbury
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center - Red Oak After Care
Samuel Mason School, Roxbury
Mildred Avenue Community Center, Mattapan
Lucy Stone After School, Dorchester
Roosevelt Towers, East Cambridge