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Celebrating the French International Forest During Earth Month

Celebrating the French International Forest During Earth Month

Throughout the year, volunteers of the Eco Action team have pruned, mulched, and planted the French International, taking care of an invaluable resource to our school.

The Eco Action team, led by Forest Manager and Middle School teacher Beth Clifton, has planted about 350 plants since November. On March 21, 40 volunteers planted 220, which were donated by the Unrein family. During the April 5 half-day, sixth graders earned service hours by mulching trees in the drier part of the forest to help them survive during the summer. 

Throughout the school year, volunteers meet almost monthly to work in the forest. This year, more than 100 volunteers, including students of all ages, parents, grandparents, and alumni, have come to an Eco Action volunteer event.

The French International forest provides endless learning opportunities for students. Each year, there is another chance within the IB curriculum for kids to make new connections and investigate their inquiries about the natural world. Spending time and having ongoing experiences in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health, and emotional well-being. The bonus is that the environment also benefits when people feel connected and committed to caring for the Earth.

Thank you to the more than 100 volunteers, Beth Clifton, and the Unrein family for your support and dedication to the French International forest.

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