Student of Cherry Tree’s Green Club painted a trash can so that there is no doubt where items should go to be recycled in the cafeteria. Students and adult supervisors recycle plastic containers, water bottles, empty milk cartons and more during lunch. Thank you Green Club students for making it easy to find the recycle container!
Students in Woodbrook’s Green Team created this display to help get the focus on saying yes to less! They suggest saying yes to less paper waste by recycling and saying yes to less energy by turning off the lights. Adding the visuals will help others make the connection on how they can say yes to less as well.
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!
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.
In December, Carmel Middle School Green Team students put out a call to their classmates and teachers to clean out their toy boxes in order to share with those less fortunate. Students and teachers brought in hundreds of gently used toys and games which were brought to the Julian Center. There, the toys were given to youth whose families are in crisis.
Birds at Orchard Park Elementary will find tasty treats this winter at some bird feeders made with TLC. In November, students in the OPEGreen Club took recycled milk containers and juice cartons cut and decorated them, and filled them with food for the birds. The students hung the feeders in the courtyard nature lab, where they have also placed birdhouses they made from recycled materials last year.
With over 4,000 students, CHS has the potential to produce a huge amount of waste. Students in the Environmental Club, however, are helping to reduce the amount of trash the school creates. Along with providing recycling containers in the school hallways for paper, aluminum and plastic, they have created signage displaying what can be recycled in the cafeteria. All CHS students have the opportunity to make a tremendous positive impact by recycling cafeteria waste, and these signs are making it easier!
Recycling club members at College Wood received a Carmel Green Teen Grant to purchase large recycling bins to be placed throughout the school. Club members will encourage their classmates to take responsibility for recycling as much waste as possible by challenging them to fill the bins each week.
Thanks for making College Wood a greener school!
Smoky Row’s Green Club recently awarded the whole third grade the coveted E.A.R.T.H. award, given to recognize Everyday Actions Resulting in Thoughtful Habits. Smoky Row’s third grade has recycled the most lately, providing an example for the whole school to follow. The third grade even made the rocket trophy, which will be given next month to another group or person who practices sustainability of SRE.
In October, CaMS Green Team students trekked out to the community garden twice to get their hands dirty and learn about best practices in organic gardening. On their first trip, they pulled weeds and planted seeds for some cold weather crops such as spinach, carrots and lettuce. Those seeds have already sprouted and grown! On their second trip, the students transplanted native perennials from the front of the HBM Co-op building to the south fence line of the garden. This area will provide a friendly place for garden pollinators to visit next year. Well done, Cougars!