Lynnwood sophomores host museum art exhibit to shine a light on the Arctic

Students at Spruce Elementary organized an international Arctic design competition to inspire other children to learn more about the Arctic region.

LYNNWOOD, Wash. – A local elementary school teacher is using her unique hands-on experience to teach her class about empathy for the Arctic.

Her students responded by making changes to help the environment at the district level and hosting an art exhibit to shine a light on the delicate ecosystem.

Jennie Warmouth has been teaching second grade at Spruce Elementary for over 20 years. She was one of 45 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions travel to the arctic island of Svalbard. Warmouth took the information she learned about polar bears, global warming and plastic pollution back with her and shared it with her students.

“My goal was to connect our school community to the Arctic region,” Warmouth said. “Upon my return, my little second-grade conservationists managed to change our school’s single-use plastic policy with ocean health in mind.”

The children managed to eliminate 70,000 single-use plastic spoons from the district’s environmental footprint. However, they didn’t stop there.

The students also organized an international Arctic design competition to inspire other children to learn more about the Arctic region. This year, the contest received 95 submissions from across the United States. Warmouth enlisted the help of National Geographic explorers, photographers and videographers to be part of a panel, and the kids also learned how to critique and select pieces for an exhibit at the National Nordic Museum. from Seattle.

A selection of finalists were on display for the National Nordic Museum’s Earth Day exhibit and can be seen in a virtual exhibit here.

“We were looking for art that made us feel empathy and cared about the Arctic habitat, we care about the survival of animals there,” the Warmouth class said in a statement.

“The purpose of the Arctic Design Competition was not just to organize, but also to learn about pollution and the effects of microplastics, macroplastics and global warming. Now we want to know how you will help. “

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