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Celebrate Earth Day and promote a cleaner world

Earth DayHappy Earth Day! On April 22, 2021, MPS students and the community are invited to take part in earth-friendly activities to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Watch a video, read a book, get outside, view nature, create artwork, sing, dance, or design your own activity to encourage friends and family to make the earth cleaner and greener.

Earth Day was born in Wisconsin! The now-annual event began in 1970 and was proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson after growing concerns about pollution, oil spills, and declines in wildlife populations. Nelson wanted a special observation dedicated to environmental awareness and a day for all Americans to take action to clean up our planet. Earth Day is now observed in more than 190 countries across the globe. For more information, visit

Show your planet some love on Earth Day! Take part in activities, post a drawing in your window, and give the earth a hug. Be sure to practice social distancing during your activities to stay safe during the pandemic.

10 Activities for a Cleaner World

Recycle paper, cans, glass, and plastic bottles using city recycling bins.
Put garbage in proper trash cans.
Use food containers instead of plastic bags when possible.
Take reusable bags to the grocery store and avoid plastic bags.
Turn off lights when not in the room.
Replace lightbulbs with LED bulbs that save energy.
Turn off the car engine when waiting longer than 10 seconds (but never in traffic).
Donate clothing and items in good condition to a resale shop.
Plant flowers to provide food for bees.
Walk or ride a bike for short errands.


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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