MONTCLAIR, NJ - On June 6, Montclair’s Environmental Science magnet elementary school, Charles H. Bullock, hosted an Eco-fair to promote and educate the community on environmental consciousness and becoming eco-friendly.
The Eco-fair, organized by the school PTA’s Eco-Action Team, was led by Math and Science Curriculum Support Teacher Beverly D'Andrea.
From 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on the school’s grounds, a variety of vendors and exhibits related to composting, bee keeping, native plants, raising chickens, recycling, solar power, a plant swap and even a wild rescue animal show that included an alligator and a potbelly pig. Composters and rain barrels were for sale at cost through the town's Department of Environmental Affairs.
Grade-level projects completed by CHB students over the course of the school year such as Pond Life, Seeds to Plants, Worms and Soil, Monarch Butterflies and repurposed material inventions were also on display and added another level to the educational component of the fair.
Along with many rich learning opportunities presented, children and adults enjoyed hands-on craft activities as they built mason bee houses, bound together tic-tac-toe games out of twigs and string, created and decorated planters out of recycled milk cartons and even crafted a ‘Welcome to Bullock’ sign for the school out of collected leaves, twigs, sea shells and seedpods.
During the fair, a bike swap was also conducted by Bike/Walk Montclair along with the enjoyment of live music, healthy refreshments and giveaways of free milkweed seeds and used children’s books that had been collected and donated by Mt. Hebron Middle School students. Montclair High School sophomore Addy Ehlis was also present selling her homemade soaps to raise money for her non-profit organization that helps to build and maintain the St. Clare's girl school in Meru, Kenya.
The eco-fair was last conducted under the school’s old name and location at Rand Elementary on North Fullerton Ave and this year was the first at the new CHB campus.