Environmental Project Inspires MS

Continuing a longstanding tradition at East Islip Middle School, students in the seventh-grade classrooms of science teachers Cindy Freudenberg, Greg Johnson, Raymond Lang and Darcie Schlott presented their year-long environmental science projects last week, displaying both their creativity and ecological acumen.

Focused on improving the environment, the projects touched on a variety of topics, from recycling, building compost piles and providing habitats for birds, bats and other animals to planting trees, helping endangered species and cleaning up the students’ own community in East Islip. “The seventh-graders made a tremendous difference in their efforts to improve our environment,” said Lang. “They worked hard on these projects for seven months, doing something to help the environment and make the earth a better place to live,” added Freudenberg.

One innovative student, Michael Carolan, decided to do something very unique for his project. After receiving a unicycle as a gift this past Christmas and teaching himself how to ride it, he hit on the idea of raising money for his environmental project by riding the unicycle and accepting donations for each mile traveled. Carolan rode his unicycle for 20 miles, a feat that took about two-and-a-half hours, and raised $925 as a donation for the Arbor Day Foundation. “Michael went above and beyond what most students do,” said Freudenberg. “Kudos to him on a job well done.”