Bronx Community Charter School :: Activism at BxC
 

Bronx Community Charter School are growing children up to change the world!

Upcoming Activism Opportunities
Beyond BxC:

It’s My Park Day!
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012,
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
What: Painting, planting, cleaning up the playground and drumming! Where: Whalen Park, Perry Ave and 205th st. Contact: chris@bronxcommunity,org
Sen. Rivera meeting the Activism Club, getting ready to lead our school parade! Sen. Rivera keeps promise to student activist club, and leads BxC Parade as Grand Marshal!
Watch the coverage on News 12 here at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_gCMse087I After the parade, the Senator sat down with the 5th grade activists and listened to them explain how they share his concern about health issues in the Bronx.  They also began to dream up some collaborative works they could do with the Senator to continue to work towards making the Bronx a healthier place! The Activism Club visited the Senator up in Albany the preceding winter, when they were 4th graders. They told him about their school’s commitment to a healthier Bronx. They also shared their work towards that end: they explained their campaign to get rid of chocolate milk at BxC, the annual student organized blood drive, their food drive for the hungry and bake sale for the homeless, as well as their community garden, tree care, flower planting, and healthy cooking projects.
Fall 2012 Wangari Maathai Volunteer Planting Event

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012,
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
What: Planting Trees!
Registration is required for this event. Where: Van Cortlandt Park at W. 260th St. (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx or at Pelham Bay Park (South of Orchard Beach Parking Lot) (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx Contact: (212) 360-TREE or at info@milliontreesnyc.org


Making Fordham Flowerful! The whole school plants daffodils!
After noticing and talking about the lack of flowers in our neighborhood, as well as the ways in which flowers impact people’s lives, second graders in 2CM have been planning a Daffodil project.
They did some envisioning of the Fordham neighborhood with flowers, and some planning of materials and methods they would need.
New Yorkers for Parks supplied over 500 Daffodil bulbs for the project, and soon enough the whole school got involved in covering our whole neighborhood with these gorgeous yellow blooms!
2nd graders planted in tree pits in front of the Police Athletic League and Thorpe Playground. 1st graders are planting in the school garden/recess yard. Kindergarteners will be working with their 3rd grade buddy classes to plant in the tree pits lining Webster Ave in front of Jacob’s Place. 4th graders planted in the Bronx River Forest, and 5th grade will be planting in the front yard of Jacob’s Place.

Past BxC Activism Projects
2008-2009: tree stewardship

2009-2010: flower planting, tree stewardship, eminent domain study, collecting box tops, community garden study, dog poop clean up campaign, anti-chocolate milk campaign, Charter School Advocacy Day in Albany with families and staff, and Bronx River Action Day!

2010-2011: flower planting, tree stewardship, healthy eating and cooking, community garden study and planting, blood drive, collecting cans and bottles, , collecting box tops, community garden study, Charter School Advocacy Day in Albany with families and staff, and Bronx River Action Day!

2011-2012: flower planting, tree stewardship, healthy eating and cooking, community garden study and planting, blood drive, collecting cans and bottles, , collecting box tops, community garden study, Charter School Advocacy Day in Albany with families and staff, and Bronx River Action Day!

2012-2013: 3rd grade voter registration drive, school wide flower planting, 5th grade Box Top fundraising for classroom cooking equipment, Whalen Park clean up, and more to come...

Third graders registering voters on Webster Ave.
The Presidential Election is Almost Here!

Election Activism-3rd Graders are Registering Voters
With the upcoming election on Nov. 6th, the time to register to vote is running out. 3rd graders in 3LT have been learning all about the importance of voting, the difficulties with voting, and what they can do about it.
They met with a voting expert who taught them how to register people to vote and have since been preparing to canvass the neighborhood, and sign people up to register so they can participate in the elections.
Oct. 12th is the last day to register. If you have not yet registered, you can get a form either from the Activism Shelf in the BXC lobby, or online at http://www.dmv.ny.gov/mydmv/motv-pop.htm

5th Graders Independently Raise Money for Classroom Cooking Equipment by collecting Box Tops!

5th grade activists are taking on BxC’s first student managed activism project! They have decided to take advantage of the Box Tops for Education fundraising program to gather enough money to supply every classroom with a full cooking set. Students began by learning how the program worked and developing a “How To” document to manage the many steps involved in collecting, counting, bundling and sending off these Box Tops. They then thought through how they would publicize this work, they worked with Maya, the Activism teacher, to draft a letter to families. They also went directly to classroom teachers to ask them to announce this project in their newsletters. They then sorted through all of the material the Box Top project provides and decided which documents were most helpful, made copies of them and distributed them to BxC families. These Box Top kids continue to devote 2-3 recess periods a week to the maintenance of this project. If you have any box tops please send them in with your child to help these activists help our school!
For more information on Box Tops please visit this website: http://www.boxtops4education.com/share/StoryDetail.aspx?Id=1702