The state of Michigan has an official green school law which encourages all public and private schools to participate in energy and environmental activities in a suggested plan with twenty five choices.
In 2009 Sacred Heart School achieved Green School status by completing ten activities. Emerald status was achieved in 2010 by completing fifteen activities. In 2011 and 2012 Sacred Heart completed twenty plus activities which awarded us with Evergreen status. This is the highest level in Michigan for the Green School program.
Our recycling coordinator is Mrs. Jackie Bierut. Mrs. Bierut, along with our principal, Mrs. Melissa Lambrecht, the entire Sacred Heart staff, students, parents, and the parish community help to make Sacred Heart a Green school.
Sacred Heart School recycles the following:
- computer waste
- printer cartridges
- magazines and newspapers
- cellular phones
- cardboard waste
- compact discs and digital video discs
- Crayola markers and crayons
Bins are located throughout the school for waste disposal. Our school receives a monetary reimbursement for the printer cartridges and cell phones. Sacred Heart School has received over $300.00 from GRC wireless recycling service since we started the program! Sacred Heart School is now a paper free school. All communications are completed online through our communication system. Our fourth grade composts food and organic waste as part of our science program. The items composted are from the students' snacks and lunches. Our fifth and eighth grade classes learn about alternative energy. Class discussion, interactive websites, and group projects are utilized to help the students learn the importance of using energy wisely for our environments.
Sacred Heart School is implemented a school energy-saving program by:
- Our recycling program
- Energy efficient lighting system
- Energy efficient heating system
In addition, products bought for school use are often made from recycled products. Also, our maintenance staff purchases earth friendly cleaning products.
Last year, David Norwood, sustainability coordinator for the city of Dearborn, visited Sacred Heart. Mr. Norwood shared a great deal of information with our middle school students about alternative sources of energy that are being used in Dearborn. The students learned that the city of Dearborn has the most power stations for the electric cars in the state!
Last year, Ms. Nash, started a "Go Green" club in which she served as an advisor for the participating students. Their purpose is to raise awareness for green school topics such as lights, conserving energy and recycling. The members found literature which will be added to the library. The members also began to work on documentaries which will be available for teacher use. The topics will show how Sacred Heart School can save energy.
Our seventh grade students once again assisted the DNR and Camp Dearborn drain one of the lower lakes and transfer minnows to another lake. Every year Camp Dearborn drains one of its lake to clean it out. This catches the minnows that otherwise would be lost to the river. This procedures helps to maintain their ecosystem.
Sacred Heart School has a natural garden project with native plants and a squirrel resistant bird feeder. The student council is in charge of caring for our flowers and feathered friends.
The paper and cardboard which we recycle are placed in bins located in our school parking lot. All of the money received from this worthwhile project is donated to St.Vincent de Paul.
Every year Sacred Heart adopts two manatees named Howie and Philip.
Mrs. Bierut has been adopting manatees for the last eighteen years from the Save the Manatee Club located in Maitland, Florida. Our new Green School bulletin board displays pictures of Howie and Philip along with their biographies and adoption papers.
Every year our art teacher, Mrs. Kari Guido, has a poster contest to support ecology concerns. The winning posters are displayed throughout the school and the winners receive award certificates.
Our school librarian, Mrs. Chris Moore updates ecological materials regularly. She orders books and CD's for the students and teachers to use.
Our Emerald School designation is made possible by the entire Sacred Heart family. We have our Green School banner proudly displayed on the fence facing Michigan Avenue. By working together we can make a difference in taking care of all of God's creating by reducing, reusing, and recycling.