We have close to five-hundred of the sweetest children you could ask to teach. They are very excited and eager to begin recycling in earnest, but we don't have any bins.
Two years ago we painted copy paper boxes blue and collected recycling from all classrooms and offices in the school on a weekly basis.
We collected 58 pounds the week we started in September, but by May, we were collecting three times that amount on a weekly basis. By the end of the year, we had recycled 4,503 pounds of paper, metal and plastic!
Now, in order to continue to lead by example and instill in the students a desire to clean and protect our planet, we need to buy plastic recycling bins. The cardboard became soiled and worn out.
We need these recycling bins to allow the teachers and students to help save our planet from being suffocated by trash. Students will take ownership of collecting, weighing and transporting the material to be recycled to the large recycling container outside our school.
On a weekly basis the students will collect, weigh and record the recycling collected and then cart it all out to the large single-stream recycling container outside.
In addition, students will create short ads to encourage recycling, which will be played on our school-wide morning news program. This initiative will instill in our students a life-long passion and belief that they can make a difference in the world in which they live.
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