Mount Madonna teacher Nick Cabassa’s fourth grade students interviewed MMS fifth grade teacher Jessica Cambell, a founding member of the school’s Summit for the Planet planning committee.
Students: What is Summit for the Planet?
Cambell: Summit for the Planet is a combination of two things, a festival to celebrate the planet, and an eco-friendly fundraiser to benefit Mount Madonna School (MMS) and other local nonprofit educational and environmental organizations.
Students: What does MMS do at this event?
Cambell: MMS uses Summit for the Planet as a place to showcase student talent, share students’ environmental work, and gather as a community to fundraise and have fun.
Students: Why does the School put on this event?
Cambell: MMS hosts this annual event so that it can provide environmental education opportunities to its students as well as the local community. This event is a significant part of the fundraising that MMS engages in to help maintain the diversity and depths of its educational programs.
Students: What is the history of this event?
Cambell: Summit started ten years ago as a small festival to celebrate and raise awareness of the need to protect Earth’s environment. Shortly after its inception, community members wanted to join and share what we were doing to help protect our planet. A few years ago, a walk-a-thon fundraiser and eco-carnival were added to provide more family fun, and help support school programs. More recently, we have added a spirit week to help get the students excited for the start of the event.
Student: When and where does it take place?
Cambell: Summit for the Planet takes place on the beautiful Mount Madonna School campus located at the top of Summit road off of Highway 152, behind Mount Madonna County Park. This year the event takes place on Saturday, April 23, starting in the morning at 9:00am and extending into the afternoon.
Student: How can people get involved?
Cambell: Come to the festival and enjoy the walk-a-thon, delicious foods, learning booths and carnival! Bring your family, your friends, your neighbors! Festival admission is free!