OPE International Festival recycling
This year, Orchard Park’s International Festival had a new feature: RECYCLING. Custodians helped out to make this November 11 event “green” for the very first time. Check out their custodian making a “G” for green! The Green Team used the community “Lend a Bin” program, and it was a great success. Families recycled paper, plastic and cans, keeping these items out of landfills. Way to go, Orchard Park!
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
This spring, Carmel Middle School Green Team students learned that if you ask, you just might receive! After researching recycling in public places, they composed a letter to Mayor Brainard, asking for recycling containers along our city’s Main Street. In May, Mayor Brainard wrote back to the students saying that the City is reviewing quotes for these containers and that we should see them along Main Street “perhaps before the beginning of next school year.” These students learned that they can make a difference in their community. The CCS Green Team is proud of and grateful for their efforts!
On September 12, Carmel Middle School students gathered on their baseball diamond for the Cougar Kickoff- a fun-filled afternoon of music, games and refreshments. After the students ate their pizza and water, they were sure to dispose of their trash properly: plates in the trash and water bottles in recycling containers! Thanks to the kickoff coordinators and the custodial staff, recycling containers sat right next to trash cans, making recycling easy for students. Carmel Middle School cougars recycled about 200 plastic water bottles that day. Way to go, Cougars!
If you have driven through one of our parking lots lately, you have seen our new NO IDLING signs posted. They signify a new district-wide policy now in effect, asking all who enter CCS parking lots to turn off their vehicle engines when parked. We are committed to providing clean air and a healthy environment for all of our students. We are asking parents and visitors to do your part: turn off your engine when waiting for a student after a performing arts rehearsal, sports practice, or club meeting. When carpooling, please wait until the line begins to move before starting your car. Thanks for making our campuses great places to breathe!
On February 3, Carmel Middle School’s teacher appreciation luncheon was greener than usual, due to some changes implemented by PTO hospitality chairs Judi Hosfeld and Barb Moroknek. Staff collaborated in a Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plan by bringing their own reusable cups to the lunch instead of using purchased paper or plastic tumblers. They poured beverages from 2 liter bottles instead of using individual plastic bottles. Judi and Barb created a homey atmosphere with cloth tablecloths instead of throwaway plastic ones. And finally, staff put recyclable items into recycling containers instead of the trash. The PTO Green Team celebrates all who cooperated to make this luncheon a success!
These kids have it down! While many schools in the district are still working out the practical details of cafeteria recycling, Clay Middle School students have spent the last 7 months recycling everything from yogurt containers to salad trays to beverage bottles.
How did they do it? A handful of students and parents spent a week at the beginning of this school year educating the rest of the school as to where to put their trash when finished with their lunch. They made signs with recyclable items attached to them to show what should go into a designated recycling container instead of the trash. Then, students and parents stood by the trash and recycling containers, directing the students where to put their “trash.” Most of it goes into the recycling now! Their custodians are vital partners as well, bringing the recyclables to the co-mingled dumpster outside the building.
Congratulations, Clay Middle School!
Congratulations to Carmel Clay Schools for being awarded the Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor in this year’s recognition of those who are “leading the way to a more sustainable future.” The Chamber is honoring our school district for its projects and practices that are “environmentally responsible and that positively benefit Carmel.” The CCS Green Team nominated the district for this award in October, highlighting the Energy Conservation Program, sustainable products and practices used by the facilities and transportation department, and the partnership between the administration and parent /student green teams throughout the district.
District representatives received the award at the Chamber luncheon on December 8th, 2010.
Students in the Cherry Tree Elementary Green Club receive a grant to reduce water bottle usage. The Teen Micro Grant Program led by Roots and Shoots presented the check to the Green team during their October assembly.
The grant will be used to purchase cups and coolers for Carmel Clay elementary schools.
The Cherry Tree Green Team made up of 1st through 5th graders poses with their grant check for their “Coolers are Cooler with Cups” campaign.