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    Town of North Hempstead

    Earth Day 2004

    “How Can You & I Help the Earth?”

    Over the past 10 years Earth Day has been a significant day of celebration for the Town of North Hempstead. It has brought residents of all ages and from communities all over the Town to work together in marking the importance of our environment through cooperative community clean-ups.

    Last year the Town of North Hempstead celebrated Earth Day through several exciting events that took place throughout the Town. There was a clean-up at the nature trail in Port Washington done by Whole Foods Market of Manhasset in conjunction with the Land for Public Trust, marsh plantings over two weekends, school and community clean-ups, and a school program that included an assembly and writing program that over 1,000 students across the Town participated in.

    This year the Town of North Hempstead will run two weeks of Earth Day Events starting Monday, April 19, 2004 thru Saturday, April 24, 2004 with a special formal street cleaning the last week of April. These events will coincide with the nationally recognized Earth Day (Thursday, April 22, 2004) and will bring even more of the Town and it’s residents together.

Announcements/Programs/Events

Announcements:

    Town wide mailing-Earth Day/Spring Clean-up with message from Supervisor Jon Kaiman “How

    Can You & I Help the Earth?”, a 2004 Earth Day Week Schedule of events, and “Formal Street Cleaning Schedule”.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2004-A resolution on the Town Board Calendar declaring Saturday, April 17, 2004 thru Saturday April 30, 2004 as Town of North Hempstead “Earth Day Weeks”

Programs:

    This year the Town will offer an educational series through the Town of North Hempstead Educational Outreach Programs.

School Programs:

    1. In class lesson plan “How Can You & I Help the Earth?” for grades K-5 rd2. Story Time and Grocery Bag Project with our Elected Officials for grades K-3 thth3. Environmental day at Clark Gardens for 4 and 5 graders thth4. Town of North Hempstead Earth Day T-shirt Contest for grades 6-8 thth5. Town of North Hempstead Green School Project for grades 9-12 th6. Town of North Hempstead Community Clean-up 2004 for grades K-12

    (Please read the Educational Outreach Program 2004 lesson plan for more details)

“Earth Day Week” Events:

Monday, April 19,2004-

    1.Taxi Cab Energy Cars- (Press release with Supervisor Jon

    Kaiman and Town Clerk Michelle Schimel)

    2. Earth Day Pep Rally

    Pick-up Supplies- bags, T-shirts, and gloves pick-up

    Every year the Town holds a pick-up date for civic groups and schools to

    pick-up supplies for their annual Earth Day clean-ups. This year we will start

    the Earth Day celebrations with a pep rally hosted by Supervisor Jon Kaiman

    at Clark Botanical Gardens. The Group will be greeted by Mother Earth and

    other special Earth Day Guest as we kick-off the Town’s Earth Day Events

    (6:30pm 7:30pm Clark Botanical Garden’s)

    Tuesday, April 20, 2004- Earth Day writing/t-shirt contest Awards Night at Clintin G. Martin Hosted by Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town of North Hempstead Educational Outreach Program before Town Board meeting (7:00pm-9:00pm)

    (Please read the Educational Outreach Program 2004 lesson plan for more details)

    Wednesday, April 21, 2004- Press release/photo of the capping of the landfill and planting and dedication at the restored wetland (work with Kevin Braun from Planning)

Thursday, April 22, 2004 (Actual Earth Day)

    “How can you and I Help the Earth?”-Earth Day Summit (Councilman Tom Dwyer)

    “Time to Learn About Our Ecosystem” at Clark Gardens

Friday, April 23, 2004-Arbor Day Tree Planting around the Town

    Saturday, April 24, 2004-

    1. Community/School Clean-ups

    ; Each Councilperson should designate one area in their

    community for clean-up (work with each

    Councilperson’s Aide to choose area, outreach to their

    local civic associations, chamber of commerce, etc.)

    ; New Cassel last year had a large Clean-up

    ; Nature Trail/Bar Beach clean-ups

    ; Speak to schools and set-up clean-ups

    2. Wildflower planting at capped landfill (this will be with former

    Supervisor May Newburger with several Boy Scout and Girl

    Scout troops, and local schools)

    Monday, April 19- Friday, April 30, 2004

    1. Formal Street cleaning

    Educational Outreach Program

    Earth Day 2004

    This year through Earth Day the Town of North Hempstead hopes to expand its Educational Outreach program and include young people from grade levels K-12.

    The program will be made-up of 6 lessons each aimed towards a specific age group.

Lesson 1- “How can you and I help the Earth?”

    Students in the elementary schools (grade levels K-5) will be asked to answer the question “How

    can you and i help the Earth?” through a letter/pictogram to Supervisor Jon Kaiman

    (This program was started last year and close to 600 students across the Town participated)

Lesson 2- Story Time and Grocery Bag Project with our Elected Officials

    (The Town’s former Director Legislative Affairs Kim Kaiman and the Earth Day Task Force developed this

     program two years ago.)

    Student in the elementary schools (grade levels K-3) will have an Earth Day/Environmental story (story to be chosen in the next two weeks) read to them by an Elected officials and a member of the Educational Outreach Program. The students will then be asked to decorate grocery bags that are donated by local stores for distribution throughout the Town of North Hempstead.

Lesson/Program 3- “Time to Learn About Our Ecosystem” at Clark Gardens

    This year on Earth Day thanks to the great work of Deputy Comm. John Darcy and his staff th(Jennifer Ulsheimer, Victoria Rosen, Alex Ramos and Donald Ulsheimer) 4 grade classes will be

    invited to take part in an exciting day of programs about our ecosystem and a concert at the garden. (This lesson plan /program was written by Jennifer Ulsheimer and Victoria Rosen and full details of this program are included in the Educational Outreach Program)

Lesson 4-Town of North Hempstead Earth Day T-shirt Contest

    Students in the middle schools (grade levels 6-8) through their art classes will be asked to design the Town of North Hempstead Earth Day t-shirt for 2004

     ththLesson 5-Town of North Hempstead Green School Project for grades 9-12

    Each high school will be asked to send two Green School Ambassador from grade levels 9-12 to a one-day event that will be held in one of the Town of North Hempstead facilities. Student will be asked to develop a program that will use energy efficiencies through building retrofits, changes in operational and maintenance routines, and changes in the behavior of the school’s users, (students, teachers, custodians, and administrators). The goal of the program is to bring students from all over the Town together so they can work towards a common goal-Saving energy and money through environmental consciousness.

    The students will be asked to bring back their ideas to their school and will also be asked to present their findings at the Town of North Hempstead Alternative Energy Conference to be held this Spring.

Lesson 6- Town of North Hempstead Community Clean-up 2004

    As in past years the Town of North Hempstead in collaboration with local civic groups will be having a community clean up this year on Saturday, April 24, 2004. This year we will also ask the schools of our Town to participate by joining the Town in a community clean up on April 24, 2004 or on a day that is convenient to them. This program will be coordinated with the school’s PTA/PTO/SCA and student governments and is geared toward all levels of education.

Lesson Plan for Component 1:

“How can you and I help the Earth?”

Grade Level: Elementary School (K-5)

    Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Reading (depending on grade level), History, & Science Class Time: 45 Minutes to an hour

Earth Day Educational lesson plan is made up of four (4) components:

    1) A history of Earth Day

    2) Two short stories written by Kim Moon “The Gift” & “What I Can Do? -An Earth Day Story”

    with Reading Comprehension Question by Linda Owens

    3) An Earth Day message from Supervisor Jon Kaiman

    4) A letter and/or pictogram written by the student of North Hempstead schools to

    Supervisor Kaiman explaining, “How can you and I help the earth?”

Teacher Guide

Summary:

    The Town of North Hempstead will be celebrating Earth Day the week of April 17, 2004 thru on April 30, 2004. There will be events all over the Town geared towards community clean ups and educating residents on ways we can make our earth a happier place to live. Earth Day is one of the Town’s most cherished events of the year and residents of all ages and from all communities participate in the celebration each year.

    We hope you and your students will join us in celebrating Earth Day this year?

    Objective:

    ; To provide a history of Earth Day around the world and throughout the Town of North

    Hempstead through listening and/or reading skills

    ; To explore and report on “How can you and I help the Earth?” through a letter and/or

    pictogram

    How to begin:

    a) Introduce the lesson by giving the students a history of Earth Day (Enclosed in your

    package is a brief history of Earth day written by Kim Moon)

    b) Depending on the skill level of your class either read to them or have them read the two

    short stories written by Kim Moon “The Gift” & “What I Can Do? -An Earth Day Story”

    (both stories are enclosed)

    c) Start a class discussion on the two stories. (Reading Comprehension Question for both

    stories by Linda Owens are enclosed)

    d) Share with your students Supervisor Jon Kaiman’s message on “How can you and I help the

    Earth?” and how the Town of North Hempstead will be celebrating Earth Day this year.

    (Enclosed in your package)

    e) Ask the students “How can you and I help the Earth?”

    f) Hand out and explain the student activity pages

    (Time sensitive-Deadline Wednesday, April 7, 2004) Student Activity:

    This year we are asking the young people of our community to write a letter Supervisor Jon Kaiman answering the question “How can you and I help the Earth?”

    Enclosed in your package are several student activity pages titled “How can you and me help the Earth?”

    There are three levels of activity pages:

    1) Pictogram-for students who are unable to write but are able to explain their thoughts and

    ideas through pictures (this handout can be used by all level as an additional assignment and

    will be accepted in conjunction with the written letter)*

    2) “Finish this statement”-for students who are just starting to write*

    3) A sheet with just lines for students to write in their own words a letter to Supervisor Jon

    Kaiman

After students have completed the letters please send them to:

    Town of North Hempstead

    Town Hall

    Att. Kimberly Corcoran

    220 Plandome Road

    Manhasset, NY 11030

    If you do not think you will make the deadline of April 7, 2004 (by mailing the letters in), please call (516) 869-7700 to schedule a pickup

    *We ask teachers to please use the enclosed activity sheets for their students’ letters (the letters are going to be put into a book to be presented to Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town of North Hempstead at a special event on Tuesday, April 20, 2004)

    **If for some reason these activity sheets do not meet the skill level of your students, please feel free to contact Kimberly Corcoran at (516) 627-4536 or by e-mail at

    corcorank@northhempstead.com so she can make a sheet that is right for your class.

To make this event extra special each class that participates will receive:

    1) An Earth Day Certificate signed by the Supervisor for each student

    2) Temporary Tattoos for each student

    3) Earth Day Activity Book for each student

    4) A gift certificate to Harbor Links Miniature Golf Course

The students’ work will be on display at Town Hall for Earth Day Week, so that they can share their

    hard work with their family, friends, and community.

    In addition, one student from each participating class will be chosen as a grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive a trophy and Earth Day T-shirt that will be presented to them at a special ceremony on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 in front of Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town Board.

    The schools that participate will receive a proclamation from Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town Board of the Town of North Hempstead to be presented at the April 20, 2004 event.

If you have any questions please contact:

     Kimberly Corcoran

    Director of Energy & Environmental Affairs

    (516) 869-7700

    corcorank@northhempstead.com

Thank you very much for your time and “Happy Earth Day” to you

    and your class!

Lesson Plan for Component 2:

Story time and Grocery bag Project with our elected officials

Grade Level: Elementary School (K-3)

    Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Fine Arts, History, & Science

    Class Time: 45 Minutes to an hour

    Program Available: Monday, April 12, 2004-Friday, April 30, 2004

Earth Day Educational lesson plan is made up of six (6) components:

    1) Introduction

    2) A history of Earth Day

    3) Reading of an Earth Day story by an elected official

    4) Class discussion (Questions and Answers)

    5) Earth Day Message and Closing

    6) Grocery bag project

Teacher/Presenter Guide

Summary:

    The Town of North Hempstead will be celebrating Earth Day the week of April 12, 2004 thru April 30, 2004. There will be events all over the Town geared towards community clean-ups and educating residents on ways we can make our earth a happier place to live.

    Earth Day is one of the Town’s most cherished events of the year, and residents of all ages and

    from all communities participate in the celebration each year.

    We hope you and your students will join us in celebrating Earth Day this year!

    Objective:

    To provide a history and understanding of Earth Day around the world and throughout the Town of North Hempstead through listening, verbal, and fine art skills

    How to begin:

    a) Introduce yourself and the lesson by explaining to the students why you are visiting

    their school today

    b) Present to the students a brief history of Earth Day (Enclosed in your package is a

    brief history of Earth day written by Kim Moon)

    c) Read to the students the approved Earth Day book (Enclosed in the presenter’s

    package)

    d) Start a class discussion on the story that was just read to the students. (Listening

    Comprehension Questions for the story are enclosed in your package and also include

    general questions on the environment and Earth Day, ex. “What are the three R’s?”

    Ans.-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)

    e) Earth Day message “How can you and I help the Earth?”/closing-explain to the

    students:

    ; Why is it important for us to protect the Earth?

    ; What things are the Town of North Hempstead doing to protect the Earth

    and their community?

    ; What events will the Town/School be doing for Earth Day?

    ; Thank the students and teacher for sharing Earth Day with you.

    f) Grocery bag project (See Student Activity for more details)

     Student Activity:

    Over the past two years the Town of North Hempstead has gone into schools during the week of Earth Day and presented the “Earth Day Grocery Bag Project” to students. Students from all over

    the Town have participated in decorating paper bags that are borrowed from local supermarkets. These bags are then given back to the supermarket to be distributed to their customers. Thanks to the students their community gains a heightened awareness of the importance of our environment. Enclosed in your package will be a poster about the project for the teacher to display, as well a bag for each student to decorate.

How to begin:

    a) Hand out grocery bags to each student and have them decorate the bags with pictures of

    the earth, environmental messages, the name of their school, etc. Be creative! For safety

    reasons DO NOT allow students to write their last names on any bags.

    b) After the students are done explain to them that the bags will be reused by other people

    living in their Town when they go grocery shopping. Explain that their artwork is helping

    their community by making others aware of the importance of our environment and Earth

    Day.

    c) Thank the student again for the important work they have done for their community

    d) Hand out an Earth Day coloring book to each student (Enclosed in the presenters package)

If you are interested in this program please contact:

    Kimberly Corcoran

    Director of Energy & Environmental Affairs

    (516) 869-7700

    corcorank@northhempstead.com

    This program is available for your class/school from Monday, April 12, 2004-Friday, April 30, 2004

    In order for us to schedule a “Story Time” with your class you must contact Kimberly Corcoran no later then Wednesday, April 7, 2004.

    To make this event extra special each class that participates will receive: 1) An Earth Day Coloring Book

    2) A copy of the chosen Earth Day book for their school library

3) An Earth Day T-shirt for the teacher

    Thank you very much for your time and “Happy Earth Day” to you

    and your class!

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