The Green Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a year-round campaign on a relevant environmental topic that culminates during Earth Week. Our ongoing focus is recycling in the cafeteria and sharing facts about the environmental campaign for the year, with questions discussed each week. This motivates the Holmes children to think, engage and research answers for the following week. We post the answers on the bulletin board.

Some examples include:
Break the Bag Habit / Plastic Awareness – We discussed how much plastic we use and how plastic bags get dumped in our oceans. Ultimately, discussing the importance of re-usable bags. We had kids braid plastic bags into brackets as a reminder to “Break the Bag Habit.”

Skip the Straw – We discussed how plastic straws are harmful to our environment and most importantly, to our marine life. A nine-year-old boy in VT, Milo Cress, started the “Skip the Straw” movement which we used as a role model to show elementary school children the power of young people’s voices and being persuasive.

Every Drop Counts – Discussion focused on water conservation and how much water is wasted every day. We also discussed the amount of clean, drinkable water is extremely small. The campaign will discuss drought and animals that can live on very little water, but most people and animals need lots of water to live. This campaign started 2019/2020, but was not completed due to the pandemic. We plan to resume this program in April 2021.

Recent Posts

Darien Environmental Group – Every Drop Counts

Darien Environmental Group (DEG) is kicking off the New Year with EVERY DROP COUNTS! Darien Environmental Group has been providing environmental programs to the Darien Elementary schools for the past 30 years. This year we are excited to launch Every Drop Counts, a program to discuss the importance of conserving water; our precious natural resource. […]


EARTH WEEK REMINDERS, DATES & DEADLINES! DAILY LIST OF ACTIVITIES: April 23rd – Garbage Art & Fashion Entries Begin DEADLINE is WED., April 25th. (Bring Art into Common Room after Morning Recess) April 24th – SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY (Wear your school spirit clothing) & Building School Mascot Out of Plastic Recyclables – 8:40AM MORNING RECESS […]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at Holmes Lunch

Good-bye Ziploc bags, hello reusable containers… Help kids understand what should be recycled by sending/encouraging trash-free lunches (sandwich wrappers instead of plastic bags, water bottles instead of juice boxes, cloth napkins, etc.) — especially on Trash-Free Thursdays — or come in to assist at lunch! Sign up for a lunch shift here. A big thank-you […]

Earth Balloon Visit

In time for Earth Day, 3rd graders had a chance to experience the “Earth Balloon”.  It was a special experience (see slide show)!  They had a chance to sit inside an inflated globe and learn more about our planet.  They discussed geography as well as several environmental issues, including the problem of trash accumulating in our oceans […]

Treasures at the Garbage Art Show (Pictures)

Our wonderful Garbage Art Show was a great way to celebrate Earth Day!  Holmes students displayed creativity and resourcefulness by using an array of recyclable materials including plastic bottles, lids, metal cans and scrap paper (to name a few) to create amazing art.  We’ve included pictures of some of the work displayed.  See if you can figure […]

Earth Week at Holmes & Garbage Art Show

It’s “Earth Week” at Holmes!  The Green Team will host a Gallery Opening Reception for students, families and faculty for our 2nd Annual Garbage Art Show on Earth Day, Friday April 22nd from 8:30- 9am.   Come see up cycled masterpieces created by our own student Eco Artists. All art pieces will remain on display in the Common Room until Friday, April […]

Earth Week at Holmes

April is around the corner and we are gearing up for Earth Week at Holmes School. The Green Team has lots of fun activities planned for the week, starting with the return of the 2nd Annual Garbage Art Show. Calling all Eco Artists to start creating! Up cycled masterpieces can be dropped off Thursday April 21st between 8:30 and […]