Students Create Earth Day Rugs


EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Earth Day just passed, but students in the Poconos continue learning our environment needs constant, year-round care.

Brooke Delgiorno, 8, is using a ‘fish and hook’ method to carefully create different shapes and designs.

She says, “it takes a really long time because it’s a really big project we have to do.”

Kindergarten through 9th grade students at Summit School of the Poconos in East Stroudsburg have spent the last two months making a rug. But it isn’t just any rug.

The students are using all recycled materials including hundreds of plastic bags, t-shirts for the border, and fruit netting.

“I just love the fact that we can reuse things for greater uses and that we don’t have to keep putting these things into landfills so we’re not polluting our earth or damaging it anymore,” says Alex Torres, 9th grade.

The rug will be on display this Saturday at Northampton Community College in Tannersville for an Earth Day celebration.

“We are helping the animals because animals usually get stuck in plastic and then they choke and die,” Brooke adds.

Summit School of the Poconos isn’t a traditional school. Teachers follow a project-based curriculum.

“They’re learning, yes, patience with themselves as they build the skill. They’re also learning that they can go back and fix something that didn’t quite come out right the first time,” explains Mrs. Katherine Hernandez, teacher.

Gaining knowledge, while reducing pollution.

The teacher leading this project traveled to West Africa to teach the visually impaired how to make rugs. She’ll also show the public how to hook rugs during this Saturday’s Earth Day celebration.

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