After a month of bonding and learning, the Green Girls found themselves at the end of the program. It had been a time filled with adventure and each girl knew they would be walking away with memories that would last a lifetime.
The girls set off to Manhattan to visit the offices of our program sponsor, Time Warner Cable and its Connect a Million Minds Initiative. The girls took a tour of a data room and discovered the wonders of binary code. Time Warner Cable even gave the girls goodie bags with their very own binary code rulers! Shortly after, they marched off to settle down, have lunch, and formulate the beginnings of their environmental action projects.
Tuesday saw the girls heading to the beach in Kaiser Park, Brooklyn to test water samples and learn about marine ecology. Many of the girls donned waders, rubber overall-like contraptions that kept them from getting wet, and waded into the waters in order to examine jelly fish up close and collect water samples.
The Central Park Zoo was the Green Girls very last trip together. Once at the zoo, they had the opportunity to help some zookeepers keep track of the preferred foods of the birds housed in the big Tropic Zone building. There, the girls saw some truly fantastic sights of colorful birds, big and small, as well as a large tank with thick glass that was full of Red-bellied piranhas. After lunch, the girls trekked all over the zoo. They saw a polar bear, several adorable red pandas, snow monkeys, and penguins. After the tour of the zoo, the girls resumed work on their action projects, which will focused on a variety of topics including tree protection, river pollution, smoking, and animal abuse on factory farms.
Thursday was the very last day of the Green Girls program. A nice breakfast spread was laid out and the girls learned how to hand-knit cloth bracelets from an old cotton shirt. Soon, the time for the graduation ceremony was at hand. The parents filed into the room and listened to the girls’ presentations during which two separate groups announced that they had written letters to the mayor about environmental issues. Certificates were given out and a slideshow was presented, which was a compilation of many of the photos that had been taken of the girls and the various trips they had gone on. Then when it was time to go, each girl made their way around the room to say their farewells and grab their appreciation bags full of little compliments and goodbye notes to each other. All too soon, the room was empty and another successful summer of Green Girls had come to a close.
But that’s not the end of the story! Stay tuned for an after-school Green Girls program that seeks to extend the offerings of environmental awareness learning to many more girls to come and don’t forget to check back next year for stories from the next generation Green Girls!