BURRILLVILLE – Social distancing didn’t stop Broncos from celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this week, as Burrillville students headed outside to clean their neighborhoods, and took part in projects indoors to acknowledge the landmark occasion.

“Today is our day to get outside and try to make our corner of the earth a little cleaner,” school officials noted in a challenge on social media calling for pictures of student activities.

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Bauman-O’Keefe’s class created unique Earth Day crowns to mark the anniversary.

Burrillville Middle School shared a video of students singing and dancing in a performance of Jack Johnson’s “3 R’s”

In the video, shared below, students ca be seen reminding others to “reduce, reuse and recycle,” while popping out of bins, and opting to pass on used clothes to siblings, rather than throw them away.

The video was filmed before schools closed in March. It was directed by 6th grade teacher Lauren Conti and produced by students with the “Tech 6 Starbursts.”

6th grade students also shared Earth Day quotes for a collage, such as “Nature is painting for is day after day pictures of infinite beauty.”

The district also held an Earth Day-themed spirit week with students challenged to “dress like the Earth,” on Monday and “clean up inside,” on Tuesday, donating old clothes and unused items to those in need. Thursday was “play outside day,” and tomorrow, Friday, April 23, has been dubbed, “use less energy day,” with Broncos challenged to turn off screens and electronic devices and reconnect with nature.

This week, the Burrillville School District also launched the #DoGoodFromHomeCHallenge. The project, launched through a partnership between Hasbro and Design for Change, calls on kids and teens to use their compassion and creativity to do acts of good from home.

To participate, kids are asked to help someone in need and take a picture or video to share on social media with the hashtag #DoGoodFromHome. Participants then challenge five others by tagging them in the post.

For every use of the #DoGoodFromHome hashtag, Hasbro will donate a toy or game benefiting children of COVID-19 essential workers, up to $25,000.

Inspirational ideas for how to participate can be found here.

For deeper involvement and design thinking inspiration, a toolkit for parents and educators can also be found on the website.

It’s all part of a district-wide effort to keep kids connected, even while they’re physically apart.

“This is Global Youth Service Week, and while we are social distancing, we want to empower young people to connect through kindness,” school officials noted.

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