Mrs. Melody Sinopoli, a Montverde Academy Lower-school Kindergarten teacher, has informed that on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, MVA kindergarteners made hand-made robots out of recycled materials for their 2015 Earth Day celebration project! The class assignment intended to promote environmental awareness associated with Earth Day, and allow children to participate in a fun and creative group activity.   Essentially, each child was able to select different items (provided by teachers) for the robot’s body, head, arms, legs, and face. According to Mrs. Sinopoli, MVA Kindergarten students “…had so much fun accessorizing their robots with recycled materials. I spent months collecting the various items for this special day project and with the help of parent volunteers, the children had a blast.”

 According to, “…Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970… War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it. At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity…Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.”