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!
Smoky Row Elementary students now have no doubt what can be recycled and what goes in the trash when they are finished with their lunch. Their Green Team made this sign showing all the items that can be recycled and thus kept out of landfills.
Way to go, Rockets!
Smoky Row’s Green Club also emphasizes the theme of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. They realize the importance of first reducing what we use; then trying to reuse the item; before finally, recycling. Working together like this can really make a difference!
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Carmel Elementary’s Green Machine Club collected all the recycling they could for a week from the cafeteria. They washed it all and sorted it into various groups (clear plastics, flat wear, etc). Several parents showed up with their glue guns ready and they helped the children create their own sculptures. Many students pitched in to make “Recyclesaurus Ray”, a T-Rex made out of plastic! Great job showing us all how to reuse items and get in touch with our creative side!
Orchard Park’s Green Club created a recycled bottle tree project. They began this project at their December meeting. The kids’ families collected plastic drinking bottles of all sizes, washing and removing the labels. The adult leaders were also gathering bottles for a couple of weeks beforehand. They selected 4 bright colors of paint, and let the kids paint the bottles, inside and out. While the paint was still wet, glitter was shaken onto the bottles. They were laid out to dry before being mounted. The art teacher at our school was kind enough to let us use the art room for this project, as it was a bit messy (to say the least). The kids, however, had a great time. The tree is on display in the cafeteria.
Thanks for showing a creative way to reuse plastic bottles!
For America Recycles Week, students in the Carmel Middle School Green Club chose to have a gently-used toy drive to promote “reusing” and reducing waste by giving new life to toys they were no longer using. Over the course of a week, students and staff brought in about 1,000 toys/ books/ puzzles/ games. They gave the toys to the Julian Center, an Indianapolis shelter for families in crisis. Each day of the week, students also read announcements giving facts about reducing trash, recycling, and reusing or repurposing items to keep them out of landfills.
Thanks to all who donated for this great cause!
Students from Smoky Row’s Green Club made this bulletin board for America Recycles Day showing not only which students like to recycle, but some items that are recyclable. What a great way to promote recycling!