Help Launch a Recycling Program That Promotes Student Awareness, Individual Responsibility and School Pride
The cost of this proposal for blue recycling bins, regular trash bins, and larger recycling bins with wheels, trash liners and gloves to facilitate implementing and managing a recycling program at school is $1497, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
I've been teaching mathematics to the wonderful seventh-graders at Mark Hopkins Intermediate School 33 for the last three years. I'm originally from Oregon, and I believe strongly in the importance of the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Since moving to New York over five years ago, I've been, frankly, shocked and appalled that most of the city is littered and that recycling is not better managed and more respected here.
Three years ago, when I started at I.S. 33, I found my students and the staff wasted paper and no one recycled. The blue bins that were originally provided by the city's sanitation department for recycling were full of regular trash and, sadly, filthy. To be fair, some of the teachers use their blue bins as garbage bins since they don't have regular garbage bins in their classrooms.
I began trying to educate our staff and students about recycling. I only had funds to purchase 20 additional blue classroom reclycling bins, (and it took four months to get them), and so I asked people to line their old dirty bins with blue bags that I purchased with funds provided from my own pocket. There were other problems as well, such as when I discovered that our recycling materials hadn't been collected by sanitation, and that the wrong size clear liner bags were ordered. Essentially, folks are coming on-board, but it is an uphill challenge all the way.
My principal has fully supported my efforts, and this year I am going to start a recycling program. However, I need some help financially.
I already have begun getting the trash and recycling bins sorted and organized, and I'm putting together a good team to help teachers, janitors and students learn to stop and think before throwing something out, and I've got a recycling team to collect the blue recycling bins that have been used for paper. I'm also working on contacting the right people at sanitation to get the pick up problems sorted out.
However, I'm requesting funds to purchase additional classroom putty-colored garbage bins and blue recycling bins, blue bins for bottles and cans, blue and green outdoor recycling bins with wheels, sanitary gloves for my recycling team, and large strong clear bags.
Many teachers have requested a new recycling bin for their classroom to replace the old, dirty ones. Their enthusiasm for this recycling effort will help make the program a success. The recycling program will help the students develop a sense of commuity connection, individual responsibility and pride in their work.
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