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FMCSD Celebrated Earth Day

The Fort Madison Community School District celebrated Earth Day today through various hands-on activities for students at the Fort Madison Middle School and Fort Madison High School. Seventh and eighth grade students rotated classrooms for extended learning opportunities with representatives from Lee County Conservation, Climax, and the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. “Today the seventh and eighth graders had the opportunity to deepen their learning about the Earth through community partners. We're thankful that our community is dedicated to continuous learning,” said Co-Principal of FMMS, Tracy King.


Our FMMS teachers prepared for Earth Day by reaching out to community partners. Lee County Conservations’ Parks Management Ranger, Clint Oldfield chatted with them about trees and Director, Heather Huebner and Naturalist Lia Risser made paper out of recycled paper. Emily Benjamin, the Community Development Specialist from Climax, and Savanna Collier, the Chamber Coordinator, spoke to FMMS students about tree sprouts.  


“It was so much fun to work among our youth today and provide them a hands-on experience that educated them about trees, paper making and the importance of recycling,” said Heather Huebner, Director of Lee County Conservation. FMMS students were able to take home tree sprouts to plant, donated generously by Climax. “The future of the Earth is in our classrooms. We want to celebrate with students and show them how important they are in making changes to support our community and our Earth. We are thankful to have such a supportive community and hope the students enjoy the tree sprouts going home with them today,” said Megan Maag, teacher at FMMS. 


Some of our science students at the Fort Madison High School were able to experience class outside today at Wilson Lake. Ms. Adonica Brunnen and Ms. Carla Sanders took their classes for a field trip to explore nature, observe habitats, and complete a scavenger hunt. Clay Steele, from Lee County Conservation, led the students through their nature guides that helped them on their challenges. 


The Earth Day activities continue with our FMHS Green Team as they are participating in a community-wide cleanup on Saturday. “As we persistently pursue continuous learning for all FMCSD students, today is yet another example of our students actively engaging in purposeful and authentic learning,” said Superintendent, Dr. Erin Slater.