Roseland Montessori celebrated Earth Day as an entire school event in April. The day involved weeding, mulching, and replanting the vegetable garden, butterfly garden, and wildflower gardens, as well as the flower beds around the school. The students also learned about recycling and how to care for the earth through various projects around the school. Respect for the environment is one of the foundational philosophies in the Montessori curriculum. The students modeled that during their Earth Day activities.
Beverly Williams' students at Loranger Middle School proudly display their Easter Egg Basket art projects made from string.
Malonda McElwee, a junior in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Hammond High Magnet School, has been selected to attend the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) seven-week Leadership Summer Institute this summer at Princeton University's campus. According to the LEDA Scholars website, "LEDA finds and recruits approximately 60 LEDA scholars. Scholars are high-achieving, low-income students from communities that are under-represented at our nation's top colleges and universities and in the nation's leadership sectors."
As a LEDA Scholar, Malonda will stay on Princeton University campus this summer to "experience a supervised version of residential life at the college level." As well, she will receive writing instruction, standardized test preparation by Advantage Testing, and college guidance from LEDA's Director of College Guidance. Malonda will have the opportunity to tour and speak with representatives from several top colleges and universities. LEDA will continue to support Malonda in her journey from high school to college and from college into graduate school or a career.