Cooler Communities Fair
May 13, 2023
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Framingham Public Schools (FPS), in collaboration with the Cooler Communities Program and the City of Framingham is inviting all residents to Framingham’s second Cooler Communities Fair on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 11am to 1pm at Harmony Grove Elementary School!
FPS students will again show their amazing projects on climate change, energy efficiency, and related subjects, and Framingham’ sustainability committee will have lots of information for parents and community members on how to save on energy bills and live in more climate-friendly ways.
There will also be free – and great! – food, ice cream as well as fun games and activities for children, and an appearance by the Framingham Public Libraries’ Bookmobile, if the weather allows. The event is free.
The Cooler Communities program is supported by the FPS Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement, the FPS Community Resource Development Department, students and faculty of various elementary and middle schools, the Framingham High School Environmental Awareness Club and the Sustainability Committee. Parents and families are encouraged to attend to learn about opportunities to help reduce the community’s carbon footprint and their own utility costs.
Educators and students were invited to create projects to be showcased at the fair. Climate, energy, and conservation-related topics could be drawn from current/existing curriculum or from ideas in a provided curriculum guide. Representatives from the following FPS schools and programs signed up to participate!
- Stapleton Explorers: Composting & Planting Vegetables (Grades K-5)
- Dunning Explorers: Watt's up with our electric bill?
- Hemenway Explorers: Recycling & it's benefits (Grades 2-5)
- McCarthy Explorers: Marine Life Pollution
- Potter Explorers: ECO Change
- Barbieri Explorers: Energy SuperHeroes (Grades 4-5th)
- Go Getters Fuller: Recycling/Composting and it's benefits (Grades 6-8)
- Cameron 8th Grade Science: Solar energy and its benefits
- Dunning 3rd Grade Sage Students: Components of a Green City
- Potter 3rd Grade Sage Students: Components of a Green City
- Cameron 7th Grade Science - Various Student Groups
- Electricity Usage of Everyday Electronics
- Plastic Waste
- Fast Fashion
- Waste and Compost
- Walsh 6th Grade Sage Students - Various Students
- Eco-friendly, Sustainable Housing
- A Tale of Two Planets
- Eco-friendly Cars and Manufacturing
- Walsh 7th Grade Sage Students: DIY Water Filters
- Fuller Students: My Earth My Home (Grades 6-8)
- Harmony Grove Explorers: Volcanoes, Meteorology, Magnetics (Grades K-5)
Over the past 4 years the Cooler Communities school grant program at the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation has connected classroom learning to climate solutions across Massachusetts communities. Framingham participated in its first event in the spring of 2022. The short video above describes how Cooler Communities works and features some Framingham participants!