The 2015-2016 school year has ended – what a year we had! Our 97 solar panels soaked up the sun and saved our school in excess of $3000 in energy costs. Per the Solar Scholars stipulation, that money is to be used to support new students who might not ordinarily be able to attend Mack Littleton. In 2015-16, one new student was able to join our award winning Smart Village!
What is a Smart Village? In the case of Mack Littleton, a Smart Village is a community of thinkers, risk-takers, and doers. It is a community where the smallest person can have a HUGE impact. It is a community where compassionate hearts and keen minds are nurtured and supported to foster global action. It is a community where participants are welcomed for who they are and what they can contribute. It is a community where we learn and grow together.
Demonstrating the Smart Village ethos our students develop and nurture during their time at Mack Littleton, our students were more active in multiple activities – here is a partial list!
- Collection of juice and fruit packets from lunch for recycling
- Glass recycling project which kept 500 pounds of glass from landfills
- Development of campus composting
- Crops grown organically in our on-site greenhouse
- Field terracing to increase workable earth and prevent runoff
- Local park and campus cleanups
- Research on pollinators to protect them from traps
- Field trips to remove invasive species from local nature centers
- Reuse and recycling of school supplies to lessen the need to purchase new supplies
It is important to remember that these activities are also taking place in the context of our International Baccalaureate curriculum where students ask questions and take their inquiry through scientific steps to achieve measurable outcomes.
- President’s Environmental Youth Award
- This award is given to students in each of the EPA’s 10 regions. Mack Littleton won for Region 8. The Solar Scholars are invited to visit the White House in August, 2016.
- Colorado Public Radio
- Listen to CPR reporter Jenny Brudin continue her Evergreen story on Mack Littleton.
- Littleton Independent
- Our local newspaper sent reporter Mark Bautista to campus to meet with students and learn their story.
- TreeRing is working with Trees for the Future to plant 102 trees in Mack Littleton’s name.
- Colorado Environmental Leadership Program
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is awarding Mack Littleton the Bronze Achiever award in October, 2016.
If you are interested in learning more about award winning Mackintosh Academy Littleton and whether you, or your student might be a good fit, please contact our Admissions Office at 303-794-6222.