Keep Louisiana Beautiful created Rocksey’s Toolbox to empower Louisiana youth to make environmentally-sound decisions and understand the vital role they play in preserving the beauty of their space. And ultimately, our world.
Beginning in fall 2016, Keep Louisiana Beautiful rolled out its first-ever environmental education curriculum, designed to teach young children how the small actions and decisions they make in their own homes and communities have a big impact on the world around them. This ten lesson-plan curriculum is geared towards children in grades K-5, with each lesson having specific adaptations for younger or older children. Hands-on experiments are incorporated to illustrate the lessons using objects familiar to their own lives, and creative activity sheets are provided to test their knowledge post-lesson.
As of November 2017, Keep Louisiana Beautiful has conducted nine environmental education teacher workshops, reaching 121 teachers and 15 non-formal educators, resulting in a projected reach of about 4,000 children. The curriculum has also been presented at several educational conferences and has been well-received by teacher attendees and community stakeholders alike.
With the passing of House Bill 111 into law last spring, students in grades K-5 in Louisiana schools are required to receive education about litter and its vast implications on our environment. Keep Louisiana Beautiful is committed to getting the Rocksey’s Toolbox curriculum into the hands of as many teachers as possible, so that we can have the biggest impact on Louisiana’a next generation. The full curriculum is now available for teachers and administrators to use, complete with lesson plans, activity sheets, and student standards.