During the month of October, the Carmel Middle School Green Club partnered with the Art Club to paint a rain barrel for the Indiana Water Environment Association’s annual meeting. All rain barrels painted by students will be voted on during the conference and proceeds will be donated to The Gift of Water, an organization which helps provide clean drinking water to people in third world countries. The students had a great time collaborating!
When students at CE choose not to eat an item from their lunch, that food does not go to waste. If the food is unopened, students can put unwanted items in a special bin near the trash cans to be saved. It is then donated to the Hamilton County Food Rescue Program who collects at the school every other week. Cafeteria Manager LeAnn Schelling keeps everything refrigerated until it gets picked up, disposing of items that go past their freshness date.
CE food rescue
Students at College Wood Elementary learned a new habit the first three weeks of school: recycling in the cafeteria. Susan McCord, cafeteria manager, provided recycling containers (re-purposed flour and sugar bins) next to the trash cans, and with the help of custodian Morris Eubank and cafeteria staff member John Groom, students learned which items to recycle and which to throw in the trash. The recycling even gets weighed every day, and on average, CWE is recycling 10 pounds of material per day. That’s 50 pounds per week, and by the end of this school year, these students will kep 1,800 lbs of trash out of landfills.
College Wood Cafeteria Recycling
Students in the CHS Environmental Action Club have planned a study of the current recycling situation at their school. They will begin this month by interviewing custodians, teachers, cafeteria managers, staff in the athletic and performing arts departments, and students to find out the who, what, where and when of recycling now at CHS. Early next semester, the students will compile the data, and then under the guidance of Principal Williams and the CCS Green team, create realistic recycling goals and a procedure to achieve them. The goal is to create a plan that will increase recycling substantially and remain in place and in practice for years to come.
ORCHARD PARK ELEMENTARY’S USED SHOE DRIVE
Did you know an estimated 400-600 million pairs of shoes go into America’s landfills and yet many of those shoes can still be worn or repurposed? In honor of National Recycling week November 10-16, please consider donating old shoes to the OPE Green Club Shoe drive. The shoes we keep from going into the landfills will help others in under developed countries start micro businesses that will create sustainable income for their families. Drop off shoes (any condition) in the school lobby. The “Share Your Soles” drive will continue until the end of the year. Contact Lisa Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. She is even willing to pick the shoes up.
CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL’S TOY DRIVE
The Carmel Middle School Green Club is sponsoring this annual toy drive to benefit the Julian Center. The Julian Center works with victims of domestic abuse. Parents will be able to “shop” for toys for their children for the upcoming holidays. Extra toys will go to Thrifty Threads, a second hand store whose proceeds go to the Julian Center. This toy drive is this week, November 10-14. Items may be dropped off in the school office. Contact Marcia Roberts email@example.com or Chris Cruzancajcruzan@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.