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“The Ground Beneath Our Feet”

Sure, it just seems like dirt.  But that dirt that we walk on daily is vital to our survival.  It helps grow the food that we eat and if the soil is not healthy, food becomes less nutritious and production decreases.  NPR’s show 1A had a fascinating discussion with 3 professionals about soil health and what we can do to help enrich the soil. For example, tilling the soil before planting does not help! The discussion is not only for farmers, as they give recommendations to what you can do at home to help your soil.

Celebrate Soil Health Day (December 5) and tune in to see what is working and how you can help.

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6th Annual Holiday Lights Recycle Drive

The Carmel Clay School Green Team, City of Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to offer a Holiday Lights Recycle Drive.


Starting November 27 and running through January 11, the ability to recycle used Holiday Lights will be offered at all Carmel Clay Schools and White’s Ace Hardware at 731 South Range Line Road.  This is the 6th year of the program and over four tons of holiday lights have been recycled!


Recycling inoperable or inefficient holiday lights keeps those items out of landfills which reduces the long term carbon impact on our environment.  Additionally, EnergyStar rated LED lights use 75 percent less energy compared to conventional lights.  They also have the following advantages:

*Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.

*Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.

*Longer Lasting: The LED lights lasts 25 times longer than conventional holiday lights.

*Easier to Install:  Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.



Thanks for helping keep these items out of our landfills!  If you miss the dates of this recycle drive, you can recycle electronics anytime at the Hamilton County Hazardous Waste site as long as you are a Hamilton County resident.



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The Community Garden Wants Your Straw Bales!

The CCS Plots to Plates Organic Community Garden is in need of straw bales to help line the paths at the garden.  If you used any straw bales in your fall decorating, please consider donating them to the garden!  This will keep the bales out of the landfill and be used for a good cause.

To donate straw, please go to Carmel Middle School (300 S Guilford Road, Carmel) and follow the drive along the tennis courts.  The garden is on the western part of the property by the woods.  Bales can be placed by the shed.

Interested in gardening?  Carmel Clay Schools and the CCS Green Team have created 98 plots that Carmel residents or CCS employees can rent for $10 per year.  For more information, go to


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Clay Middle School’s Steps to Make a Difference

The Clay Middle School Team wrapped up a successful shoe drive.  The Green Team partnered with The M.O.R.E. Foundation Group and collected almost 150 pairs of gently used athletic shoes.  With every pair of shoes, MORE is able to plant one ton of carbon grounding trees and train poor farmers in sustainable agroforestry.

To learn more about this not-for-profit, please visit

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Vote for College Wood’s Milk Carton Creation

College Wood’s Green Club has finished their Made By Milk project.  Students collected milk cartons after lunch and came up with their idea of what to create.  Their Pegasus is finally finished and is hanging in the cafeteria.

They’d like your help to win the People’s Choice Award.  You can vote from November 29 – December 8 at the following link:

Great job students!

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College Wood Celebrate America Recycles Day!

On America Recycles Day, College Wood students were treated to informative videos about recycling and composting as well as discussing the importance of the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!  They are conducting an experiment by storing composting items in glass jars so the students can see how composting works.

The cafeteria Recycle Rangers have been hard at work assisting students in recycling items during lunch.  Thank you Recycle Rangers!

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Carmel Clay Schools Recycle!

Several years ago, Carmel Clay School administrators began working to have co-mingled recycling at all their locations.  They began with a pilot program at Carmel Elementary and upon seeing its success, they started it all the other schools.  The last school to adopt this policy was Carmel High School.  Due to its immense size, there were many logistical problems to figure out.  Happily, those have been worked out and the high school is now recycling the trash from all classrooms in the building.  The contamination level is minimal, which is why this can be done. However, at home, please continue to separate your recycling items from the trash.  If there is too much contamination, prices for recycling may increase and not as much will be recyclrecyclingearth_logoed.

The CCS Green Team would like to thank the administration and custodians for making this happen!  So much more is being recycled as a result of this monumental effort!

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Woodbrook Students Help Each Other Get Ready for Halloween

Woodbrook Elementary’s Green Club is leading an all-school Halloween costume drive!  Rather than purchasing new costumes, the club is collecting used costumes for students to swap.  What a great way to save money, use less and have fun!Woodbrook 1

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Mohawk’s Green Club Gets Creative!

Mohawk Elementary’s Green Club recently made some useful games and bookmarks out of material that might have been thrown out.  Tic-Tac-Toe boards were created out of plastic bottle caps and magazine photos.  They made book marks out of pages of books that were in bad shape.  How fun to have a book mark made out of a favorite book!

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College Wood Elementary’s “Made By Milk” Project

College Wood Elementary Cafeteria/Green Team is excited to announce our school will participate in the “Made CW milkBy Milk” recycling milk carton design contest!


From September 19th through October 11th students will start collecting empty milk cartons in the cafeteria for use in building an artistic “milk carton creation.” Within these dates we are looking for parent volunteers during lunch periods Tuesdays/Wednesdays to help ensure that the milk cartons are placed into the correct recycle bin. If you are interested in volunteering and have a current background check, please click the Sign Up Genius Link below:

What will CWE create?  Students have decided to create a Pegasus!

Pegasus-milk cartonHere is one of the wings for their creation.

We are currently accepting applications for the Student Creation Recycling Club.  This group will be a team of students dedicated to the actual building of the art creation. Those in the club will meet after school on Fridays from 2:40-3:45 starting Friday September 29th – November 17th.Students in grades 3-5 are eligible to apply for this club and may pick up applications in the cafeteria and/or parents may download from the CWE PTO website.  Please note that parent signatures on the application are required.
If you are interested in joining the CWE Green Team committee please contact, College Wood Parent Green Team Representative.  The students will be doing projects all year and would love some extra hands to help!
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