The seventeen AmeriCorps volunteers from the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program taught environmental education at the Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence in Springfield, MA on Friday, January 25. SCA has had a four year collaboration with the Martin Luther King Charter School, beginning in 2009 when they helped to build a trail behind the new school building on Dorset Street.
For the environmental day event, eighteen classes of kindergarten through fifth grade students will have an opportunity to work with the AmeriCorps volunteers. Lessons followed the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for each grade level, with an environmental focus. Members taught the students about their local habitat and how animals prepare for winter. The AmeriCorps volunteers hope to teach environmental education lessons that inspire curiosity and stewardship for the natural world.