PAWS in the Parks
Earth Day Weekend (Apr 21-23)
In a first-ever cross-school AND cross-"school district" Earth Day partnership, the Brier Elementary Bobcats, Kenmore Elementary Cubs, and Lockwood Elementary Leopards are teaming up for Earth Day 2023!
The goal is to encourage kids and their families to visit the parks and playgrounds surrounding our schools during the weekend of April 21-23. Explore the outdoors, meet new friends, and just take a little "PAWS" in the parks.
As you adventure with your family, we encourage you to do the following:
Visit local parks wearing your school spirit wear! If you meet a new friend, consider taking a picture together and, with parental permission, upload it here (https://lockwoodpta.smugmug.com/upload/6LwLMp/EarthDay) to potentially be featured in newsletters, websites, or local news articles.
Pick up rubbish! Bring a pair of sturdy gloves and a few garbage bags. Take a little time at each park you visit to pick up and properly dispose of any trash you find!
Tell us about your experiences and enter for prize drawings! Once you've finished exploring parks for the weekend, head over to this form (https://forms.gle/9Gk4w53vymg15kWM9) to put your name in the hat. A few lucky kids from each school will be randomly selected to receive a prize from your school's PTA!
1. Visit Local Parks
There are FOURTEEN recommended parks, plus THREE elementary school playgrounds that we're suggesting you visit over the Earth Day weekend. You don't have to visit them all, but each place you pick up trash earns you another ticket in the prize lottery! Here's our list:
8. Bobcat Park
12. Linwood Park
14. Log Boom Park
2. Pick Up Rubbish
Earth Day reminds us that our planet's future is very important to our own future. Every bit of trash left on the ground can have a negative impact on wildlife habitat and watershed health. Together, we can make a difference!
HOW? Come prepared to each park with rubber gloves (thick gardening gloves are recommended) and trash bags for gathering. If you have a pick-up stick, please bring it!
Do not pick up anything sharp--like glass or needles--with your hands!
Do not pick up trash next to the road without close parental supervision.
Remember to stay hydrated (drink lots of water).
If you'll be outside for any significant time, wear sunscreen and a hat.
Wash your hands as regularly as possible.
Dispose of the trash you gather in proper trash receptacles found at all of the recommended parks and playgrounds.
3. Enter Prize Lottery
Put your PAWS up if you picked up trash!
Attention all Bobcats, Cubs, and Leopards -- your school PTAs are each running a small prize drawing for families who participate in this Earth Day event.
If you visited a park or playground from our list on Fri-Sun, April 21-23, then fill out this form by Sunday, April 30!
The form will ask you:
Your name, grade, teacher, and school
Which parks/playgrounds you visited and helped to clean up
and why you think Earth Day is important!
If you took any pictures (especially, with new friends from another school), don't forget to have your adult upload them here (by uploading, you give us permission to potentially use the images in newsletters, website, or local news stories).
PRIZES: The number of prizes available and type of prizes is dependent on each school's PTA. Please see your PTA for details.