News - January 2013
It is time to start recycling our Styrofoam trays. Yep, we will be taking our cleanest trays to a recycling facility in Lithonia. At the end of lunch, the students will dump their compostables in one container, trash in another, recycles (bottles and juice packs) in another, and finally stacking the trays. Sound like fun! We can always use a few more parents helping us out. Contact Brigitte to help out.
Healthy Habits Highlight
October is Farm to School month. What is Farm to School? It's any program that connects schools and local farms with serving healthy meals in school cafeterias; improving student nutrition; providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and supporting local farmers. Farm to School programs are as diverse as the communities that build them. What does Briarlake do for its Farm to School program? We have educational gardens, an outdoor classroom, we provide nutrition education, and more! This month's highlight is Granny Smith apples day on Wednesday, October 26, when fresh, tangy Granny Smiths from a local farm will be served in the cafeteria. Children can wear green that day and make sure to choose this local, tasty fruit with their lunches to celebrate and support Farm to School!
May 2010 News
Green Distinction for Briarlake
Congratulations Briarlake for being selected as a Clean Air School for 2009-1010. Our efforts to stop cars and busses from idling at school, promoting walking to school, and teaching environmental ways have all earned us the honor of this distinction. Briarlake has shown our community and the state of Georgia that we are truly a caring school. It is amazing what we have accomplished in the past few years.
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April 2010 News...Our team always enjoys hearing what your children and families do to help the environment. While our team was at school last week directing a fun Earth Day pentathlon during PE, we heard many great stories. The student's enthusiasm is very inspiring. We thank you for having and raising such wonderful children. It is our hope that all the students enjoyed their Earth Day temporary tattoos and fun PE game while learning and gaining an appreciation for this beautiful planet. Coach Cocks taught us that Earth Day was started 40 years ago when a river in Ohio caught on fire because it was so polluted. We have come a long way since then, but our earth still needs more caring individuals. Briarlake is truly a caring place and our children are really do their part to help our world. The Green Team could not be more proud.
JOIN THE BRIARLAKE GREEN TEAM
Our Briarlake families have been very supportive and enthusiastic about our many “green” activities. Our dedicated team meets about once a month to think of, and implement ways to teach our children to be environmentally conscious, while shrinking our own footprint. The more - the greener, please join us.
Recycled Paper Bin
Don't forget to bring your mixed papers to Briarlake. The Big Blue Bin is waiting for your papers!
2008 - 2009 Information
Go Green Pledge - Thanks to all of the participants in our Go Green pledge. We had over 65 families and individuals join us in our efforts to "Go Green'.
2008 - Keep Georgia Beautiful
Congratulations to Briarlake's Green Team headed up by Susan Mancusi-Ungaro. The Green Team has earned a "Keep Georgia Beautiful 2008 Award" in the Waste Reduction category (awarded on behalf of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs). What an amazing honor for our school!
Susan Mancusi-Ungaro, Bill Wright and Sarah Cook attended the award luncheon to receive our 2nd place award in waste reduction from Keep Georgia Beautiful. It was an honor for our school to be recognized and for our team to rub elbows with fellow environmentalists from throughout the state. Check out the award in the school office and BE PROUD!!!
One of the many projects the Green Team is tackling is to reduce our paper usage. We Paper Saver - a system where only one student per family will receive certain fliers, handouts, etc. Please note that your youngest child in the family will receive the copy. This will only be applicable to certain school wide publications. Thank you so much for your support. Our school has accomplished a great deal in our environmental efforts.