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Earth Month 2022 Activities

PAUSD celebrates Earth Month this April with activities across the district!

This list will be updated as new events are added, but also please reach out to your school PTA. Some of these activities are online and open to all PAUSD students, and there are community events, too.

Elementary Schools: Fairmeadow

  1. The 2022 Earth Day edition of the Kat Kid Adventure, a student eco-magazine, celebrates amazing eco-actions by countries, cities and citizens from around the world. The free digital version is here. Printed copies are $1 each (schools can pay what they can). Fairmeadow, Escondido, and Duveneck are using the magazines for their Earth Month celebrations. 
  2. The “Flip the Switch Challenge,” where kids are turning off the lights when they leave the room! The collective goal for the school is 2,500 flips. 
  3. Gratitude postcard campaign to thank the Palo Alto City Council for their commitment to make Palo Alto greener. Open to all K-12 kids, it’s a way to teach how Palo Alto is currently doing and the goals they’re setting for a cleaner city. 

Elementary Schools: Hoover

  1. Dress our school with your plants!  Inspired by the book “The Empty Pot,” each student was given seeds with instructions on how to grow them at home. They will bring their plants to Hoover on Earth Day and the following week. The plants will be displayed throughout the campus. Every participant will receive a recognition gift; those with the healthiest plants will receive a special reward.
  2. Tips to prevent food wasteStudents will search for the best solutions to prevent food waste and enter their ideas in a Google Sheet. The Hoover Green Team will post the best suggestions.

Elementary Schools: Ohlone

  1. A used-book collection and sale as a fundraiser. 
  2. Several recycling collection campaigns – used disposable masks, fruit stickers, and are continuing on markers/crayons/pens. Others are welcome to contribute items
  3. Earth Week Activity Center

Middle schools: Fletcher

  •  Monday 4/18 Postcards for the Earth with The Cloud Project

Middle schools: JLS

  • Thursday, 4/14 Museum of Tomorrow Sustainability event at lunch and after school. Brought to you by Berkeley students and Safe Routes to School.
  • Monday, 4/18 Waste sorting Kahoot!
  • Tuesday, 4/19 Postcard for the Earth with The Cloud ProjectWednesday, 4/20 Earth Knowledge Bowl
  • Thursday 4/21 Reusable art project
  • Friday 4/22 Art contest and environmental topic table(s)

High schools:Gunn 

(all events in senior quad at lunch unless noted otherwise)

  • Monday, 4/11 Succulent Drive: buy a succulent for a dollar during lunch.
  • Friday, 4/15- Museum of Tomorrow: view sustainable transportation exhibits during brunch, lunch, and after school, brought to you by Berkeley students and Safe Routes to School.
  • Thursday, 4/21 Art Day: help us build an eco-friendly mural.
  • Tuesday, 4/26 Science Day: Explore exciting innovations in sustainability across many disciples represented by Gunn clubs.

High Schools: Paly

  • Monday, 4/18 through Wednesday 4/20:Pledge to eat at least one vegan meal per day for 3 days. Tag or DM @palyplantbased on instagram with a picture of your meals to qualify to win a PRIZE! Prizes will be distributed on Wednesday at lunch in front of the student center. 
  • Wednesday, 4/20:  There will be FREE SAMPLES of vegan chicken nuggets and sweet/sour sauce at the student center. Give honest feedback regarding the new lunch offerings. 
  • Friday 4/22: Plant potting! Students can paint a pot and plant a native plant to take home with them. Come to the quad on Friday at lunch to create a custom home for a small plant!
  • There will also be speakers throughout the week. 


March and Rally for Our Earth 4/22, 4-6pm, King Plaza in front of City Hall.

Guest speakers Marc Berman, Mayor Pat Burt, and environmental leaders and musicians. After the rally at 5, students will lead a march around and back to King Plaza. After the march, visit local organizations’ tables and hang your Earth Day pledges on the “Pledge tree.”  Open to everyone. RSVP here

Palo Alto Earth Day Fair 4/23, 10-1pm, Mitchell Park Bowl. 

Booths dedicated to Palo Alto climate policy, climate anxiety, electrification, succulent planting and more. Open to the whole family.

E-waste Recycling on Saturday, April 23rd 9am-1pm, Ohlone parking lot (950 Amarillo Ave).

Gather up your electronics and unused unrepairable items for the E-waste truck in the Ohlone parking lot (950 Amarillo Ave) on Saturday 4/23 9am-1pm .
Bring electronics, power tools, computers, cell phones, CD players, computers, cords, printers, metal, TVs, and more to be safely recycled and raise money for Ohlone!
Full list of accepted items:

This event is open to the community.
Questions? Want to drop off light items in advance? Email promiserani@audrey

Earth Day Youth Community Event, 1:30-5:30 pm, Rinconada Park.

Palo Alto high school students will host activities including youth talks, environmental education and green STEM projects posters, kids drawings and crafts, and a performance by a Paly student band. This event is free. Students interested in speaking at the event or who want to bring a project to display, please email here

Happy Holidays from Green Team!

Tips and Activities to Keep it Green during the break.


Wrapping paper and ribbons are perfect materials for reuse! Junk journals, homemade ornaments…you can find any project on YouTube, Instructables, or Ehow. 

Instructions to make holiday card(s)

Materials: glue (or something sticky), scissors and lots of imagination.

1. Gather paper with different textures, prints and sizes: Paper bags, newspaper, wrapping paper, old greeting cards, calendars, construction paper, coffee filters, lace doilies, etc.

2. Customize your paper pieces:

  • Cut the edges of the paper (frayed, crinkle-cut, wavy)
  • Cut paper into strips and make geometric designs
  • Age white paper by dyeing it with tea bags

3. Layer the different pieces of paper (or strips) on top of each other to make a design. Adjust it until it looks the way you want. 

4. Fold your card to leave space for a written message inside, or use just one sheet with a message on the back.
5. Attach it all together with glue, glue stick, stickers, tape, etc.
6. Add finishing touches: stickers, ribbons and magazine cutouts of pictures, buttons, beads, sequins, drawings, glitter glue, ink stamps…and don’t forget to write your message!

Credit to: Rani Jayakumar for the craft ideas



  • Choose LEDs
  • Put lights on a timer.
  • Use solar-powered decorations.
  • Use reflective material, such as tinsel, to create more light.
  • Use colored flood light bulbs.
  • Try Luminarias with LEDs.
  • Plug lights into advanced power strips to stop vampire energy loss.
  • Skip inflatables. They use up to 150 watts an hour.


  1. Consider renting a living Christmas tree next year!
  2. Compost trees properly! Check with GreenWaste for pickup days and instructions.



  • Don’t forget the reuse in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Join your local Buy Nothing group for decor, gifts…even food. 
  • Think about reducing the number of gifts you give. Quality over quantity: A thoughtful, desired gift can be the most meaningful. 
  • Give experiences and consumables like food, soap, and candles. 
  • Group your online purchases for fewer deliveries. 
  • Host a gift exchange AFTER the holidays. Even with the best of intentions, you may receive something you don’t want. Spread the joy. Remember: it’s the thought that counts, not the stuff.


Use reusable dishes, cloth napkins, more plant-based local and organic foods, reused decorations, and serving containers with their own lids. If you are planning a large event, arrange in advance to donate your leftovers to a local shelter.


Blue bin for Recycling: Cardboard, brown Amazon mailers, papers and film plastics (gathered in their own bag)

Black bin for Trash: Styrofoam, peanuts, and bubble-mailers. 

***Exceptions: Check your local shipping store to see if they’ll accept bubble-wrap and peanuts. If your local Safeway has a plastic film drop-off box, remove your packaging label and deposit your bubble mailers there.


Traveling to far-flung places? Consider carbon offsets.

Renting a car? Try out a hybrid or electric vehicle.

Rock star tip: Scope out the local recycling policies of where you are visiting. Bring your own utensils, plates and cups for long car rides.


In addition to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and toy drives, you can check out Eventbrite and these Palo Alto resources: