Cultivating Children’s Natural Desire to Learn
L. Leo Judice’s environmental program increases student awareness of environmental needs in our community, promotes stewardship among students, and provides opportunities to make meaningful connections between curriculum and the environment.
- Grade level theme gardens: Each grade level plans and maintains a theme garden to connect to their curriculum. Themes include storybook gardens, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and Tops & Bottoms, a pizza garden, Le Jardin du Traiteur, Sundial Garden, Cloth & Dye garden, Charlie's Library Garden, and History Gardens-New World/Old World Garden and Colonial Herb Garden.
- Project Learning Tree Certified School – Over 75% percent of L. Leo Judice’s staff has been trained in the Project Learning Tree Curriculum, the cornerstone for environmental education. Teachers incorporate Project Learning Tree activities into all areas of the curriculum.
- LSU Coastal Roots Program – Through this program, fifth grade students and teachers conduct an on-going nursery program to grow native prairie plants. The plants are used for coastal-prairie habitat restoration. The program engages students with information on environmental issues such as ecological stewardship, habitat restoration and conservation, while teaching basic horticultural concepts and skills.
- 4-H Seeds for Service School Garden Program – L. Leo Judice partners with the LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Program and the Master Gardener Program to make subject matter come alive through school gardens. The program builds stewardship among students and provides opportunities to make meaningful connections between curriculum and gardening.
- Recycling Program - Students learn stewardship through the school's recycling programs. Ink cartridges are recycled throughout the school year to raise money for technology and supplies for the school. Phone books are recycled in January and February and a school-wide paper recycling program teaches students about the importance of recycling paper and saving trees.
- Classroom Pets - Everyone knows and loves our school reading motivator and library pet, Charlie. In addition to Charlie, all classrooms have pets. Students learn responsibility as they take on roles of caring for and feeding the pets. Pets include hermit crabs, fish, hamsters, geckos, rats, turtles, a tortoise, and a bearded dragon.