For the last couple of years, AISB has been taking steps towards being an “Eco School,” focusing on recycling efforts and also incorporating more green spaces on campus. However, one thing the Roots and Shoots service group has noticed is that we haven’t paid a lot of of attention to the birds at school, and they are the only wild animals commonly found on campus.
So for Earth Day, Roots and Shoots will be constructing a number of birdhouses, with the help of secondary school volunteers, to eventually hang around the school for the birds to nest inside.
The service group started off by prototyping, which took a lot of trial and error to get the right dimensions, the right type of glue, and the right size of birdhouse needed; but they finally got it done. Here’s the blueprint:
“The reason why we are building birdhouses is because the aim of Roots and Shoots is to create a habitat hospitable for both nature and humans,” says Stacy Crowell, the organizer and leader of the service group. “This is one of those cases where it would benefit the animals but also the humans on campus because they get to experience and connect with nature more.”
When and where?
The building will take place on Monday, April 22nd, which is on Earth Day. Students will have the opportunity to express their artistic creativity by drawing or painting on the houses after they are built. It will take place after school from 3:30-5:00. “If the weather is nice we will build them outside in the gazebo; and if it’s not, we will relocate to the design center,” Crowell says.
How to sign up?
Anyone from grades 6-12 can attend and the group is encouraging people to sign up with a group of friends, as they will be grouped in teams of four.
What: Building birdhouses out of wood in groups of 3 or 4.
When: Monday, April 22nd after school from 3:30 to 5.
How: Sign up using this link tinyurl.com/AISBbirdhouse or just email Mrs. Crowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.