This year, my classroom is full of 25 curious, intelligent,
bright eyed second graders!
My students come to school eager to learn, read, create, and play. Every morning at 8am they are lined up and ready to greet me and each other with a big smile, and a handshake, high five, or a hug!
Our class is made up of a diverse group of students, who come from various different backgrounds, languages, and cultures. We are a Title I school with a high percentage of English learners. Over half of my students speak a language other than English at home, and they have a wealth of diverse experiences that they love to share with each other. It is amazing to see how quickly they form a community and create strong bonds, despite their differences. My students are quick to help and take care of each other in any way they can, from getting their classmate a band aid, to bringing a tissue and a hug to a sad friend, to explaining a tricky math problem!
Our school of 500 students generates a LOT of waste. We currently only have a couple recycling bins, and between classroom paper use and lunch time waste, they are constantly overflowing - and all our recyclables that won't fit, go into the garbage. We teach our students the importance of recycling to take care of our earth, but then direct them to throw away too many recyclables, simply because we have nowhere to put them!
We are organizing a whole school recycling initiative to cut down on our waste, and we need these bins to make it happen!
With more recycling bins, we can have one in each hallway, so all recyclables can actually be recycled. We plan to have 4th and 5th grade students take responsibility for emptying classroom recycling into these bins, and teaching younger students to sort their garbage and recycling correctly. This will not only impress upon our students the importance of environmentalism, but also empower our older students to know they can be an important part of making change in their school community.
Thank you so much for helping us take this important step toward becoming a greener school!
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