Apr 21
Earth Day

Dear Sibylla Kiddle School Families,

If your children are like mine, I’m predicting that cleaning their room doesn’t come naturally to them. Without prompting, reminders and even a little nagging, they will likely live in some state of disorganization. The irony is rarely lost on me as I am also not a natural ‘clean my room’ kind of person. After a long winter, one needs to look no further than the inside of my car or garage to determine that cleaning is a task I tend to avoid.

Cleaning up after ourselves is not something most of us instinctually do, even as adults. One needs to look no further than the aisles of a movie theatre or arena after a sporting event to see the mess many of us leave behind. Walking along the river bank or through the community we can see the remnants of litter being uncovered after the recent snow melt.

April 22 is Earth Day, a day to celebrate the goodness Earth has to offer and a day to remind us to take care of our planet. If cleaning up after ourselves is something that takes practice and intentionality, then it is a skill that can be learned. How will you celebrate Earth Day with your child? How might you foster the skill of cleaning up after ourselves not just in our homes but on our planet? I hope you are able to take some time this weekend, with your child, to brainstorm and then action ways to take care of Earth. Just like cleaning up our room, it starts with one step at a time.

Brad Emery


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