The Lorax Project consist of Stage One Artist Educators conducting two 50 minute workshops with children from the ages of 2-5 years old throughout Jefferson County using drama to present environmental issues in a means that allows children to equate the ideas in the story with real, present-day situations.
The workshops will consist of:
- Reading the story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss out loud while
- Discussing environmental issues (tree canopy, heat island, air cleanliness)
- Discussing the basic elements of story (i.e., characters, plot, theme, etc.)
- Engaging the audience to participate in the story through the use of drama methodology
- Creating newspaper plant pots
- Planting seeds to represent “reforestation” in connection with the story
By teaching key ecological concepts to pre-kindergarten students, the program will open students’ eyes to nature in the city and teach them about the importance of protecting urban resources. Students’ ideas and passions are often discussed with their families which allow the young student to change the mindset and behaviors of their families. Teaching environmental education at a young age is an integral part of Brightside’s mission that helps us grow great environmental stewards for Louisville.
The first Lorax Project was held from November 2013 through March 2014 educating 735 children from 49 classes from Headstart/Early Childhood location throughout Jefferson County.
This program was sponsored by the PNC Foundation which supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education.
The Lorax Project reaches children and youth, particularly early education initiatives that serve low- and moderate-income children (age’s birth through five), their teachers and families.