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Day 1 Review

Posted in 2010 Student Summit, General by tjlisboncentralschool on May 25, 2010

The first day of the Summit is over!! What a great day! It engaged, educated and entertained all. Here is a quick Day 1 Recap:

The first day of the Green Schools Student Summit is officially in the history books. And possibly the record books. “Today definitely surpassed all of my expectations,” said TJ Thompson, student marketing coordinator for the summit. “It was a great first day and Lisbon Central School kids are glad to co-host the event with the KIDS Consortium.”

Students started arriving at the University of New Hampshire at around noon.  The opening remarks by Moira Lewerk, an 8th grader from Lisbon Central School, included gracious thanks to KIDS Consortium ( staff, teachers and volunteers.

The first official act of the Summit was a keynote presentation from Cameron Wake. Wake is a research associate professor with the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire. He also has a joint appointment in the UNH Department of Earth Sciences.

Cameron spoke to the kids at the summit about how you can be green, but to really help the environment, you also must have sustainability. When asked about his message to the students and educators attending the summit, he responded, “My message is, the future is you. We have a lot of problem that need to be addressed. A big part is, yes we are greener, but we must learn to be more sustainable. The message is it is about you and what you will do to make a difference.”

Cameron’s interactive presentation engaged the students and teachers, asking them to take a look at the world in which they live and suggesting they ponder important questions.  Cameron asked students to consider “what it means to be environmentally friendly” and how we can all be more energy efficient.

Following the keynote, participants took part in an icebreaker activity in which kids were given cardboard puzzle pieces, asked to decorate them, and then had to put them together as a team. Everyone participated, kids and adults alike.

The afternoon was filled with student presentations, where kids showed off their work to green their schools. Each presentation included time for questions from the audience, which led to good discussions of issues such as composting school cafeteria waste, encouraging school-wide participation in recycling programs, and other environmental topics.

Following a dinner break, various student musicians from across New England performed.  Many of the acts and songs performed contained a message of “staying green.” One particular hit was a guitar duet by Luke Cloutier and Albert Tulli IV from Lisbon Central School. The duo performed “Rise Today” by Alter Bridge. “It’s Not a Christmas Story,” a green take on the 12 Days theme performed by Longfellow Elementary School students, was a real crowd-pleaser.

The “Green Schools Got Talent” show was a great ending to a great first day of the 2010 Green Schools Student Summit!

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  1. frudoff said, on May 26, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Congratulations to the Lisbon Central School Team for an outstanding Day 1 of the Summit. Everything was so well organized! Thanks to all of the school teams here from all over New England for sharing their projects, listening to each other, and thinking about what they can do over the coming year to make an even bigger difference in their schools and communities. I am inspired! Off to Day 2!!

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