I teach in a small, rural school in Ohio, our Pre-K through 12 school averages 20 students per classroom. My classroom of twenty students contains all types of learners including ADD/ADHD, ODD, special education, gifted and multiple handicapped students. We do not have many resources or recycling opportunities available in our small community. We need a wake up call and my students are just the ticket! I would like to continue the interest we started this year in recycling and waste reduction in our school.
Did you know it costs more to recycle a plastic grocery bag than to make a new one?
Did you know that over a trillion plastic bags are used each year worldwide? My students are about to learn this and you can help!
The first step will be to set up a recycling box for plastic shopping bags in our hallway. I have a friend that picks up our bottles from last year's project and delivers them to the closest recycling center. Last year's students were amazed at how many bottles we collected each month. I need your support to complete step two. The second step involves reducing the amount of plastic bags we use each week. First, my students will collect plastic bags for a month and see how many their family used. We will use those bags to make a plastic bag/mache pumpkin for Halloween. We will then watch several videos about what happens to the bags we throw away every day. My students will then each receive one of the requested canvas totes. The students will add personal designs to the canvas totes using the requested fabric markers. You can help us provide these totes for my students to use with their parents at the grocery store.
Having one canvas bag will save nearly 50 plastic bags a year.
That is quite an accomplishment for an eight-year-old. What parent could refuse to use a bag made by their child? My New Year's resolution is to inspire my students' families to change just this one habit. Will you help?
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