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Cougars Recycle at Kickoff

Courgars RecycleOn 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!

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CCS No Idling Policy Now in Effect

No_IdlingIf 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!

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Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Goes Greener!

recyclingearth_logoOn 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!

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Clay Middle School Students Pros at Cafeteria Recycling

ClayMSrecyclingThese 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!

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Carmel Clay Schools Win Chamber’s 2010 Green Award

10Awards_Luncheon_December_041Congratulations 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.

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Green Club at Cherry Tree Receive Grant Check for “Coolers are Cooler with Cups” campaign

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.


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“Ban the Bottle, Try the Tap” Campaign at Towne Meadow

During Earth Week, a girl scout troop from Towne Meadow waged a campaign to “Ban the Bottle; Try the Tap.”  The Carmel Green Teen Project funded the following activities:
Morning announcements–  Five girls from the girl scout troop (one per day) shared facts about bottled water with the rest of the school.

Sustainable alternative: With money from the Green Teen Grant, the girl scouts bought 65 stainless steel water bottles decorated with their school mascot.  They gave the bottles to Towne Meadow students to use as an alternative to buying bottled water.

Two of the troop moms handed out paper cups of water to students who normally buy bottled water.  They did this for a different grade level each day (kindergarten and first grade on the same day).  They also went around and sat with students at their tables to talk with them about their campaign and the issues involved.  At the end of each lunch period, they used the microphone to speak to the whole group all at once, reinforcing the key ideas of the project.

Display: One of the troop moms and several of the girls built a display of the number of water bottles discarded in one day at Towne Meadow (112).

Posters: The girls hung posters with the slogan, “Ban the bottle, Try the tap!”  above all the school drinking fountains.

Garbage Patch Video: They showed an ABC news segment about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to all students in the school (right after morning announcements).

Bulletin Board and Tri-fold Display: They designed a bulletin board which depicted “5 Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water.”  In addition, the girl scouts created a tri-fold display board for the cafeteria that depicted what else the money spent on bottled water in a year could buy: a bike, video games, and other items that appeal to kids.

School Newsletter: The girls submitted facts about plastic water bottles to Towne Meadow’s weekly e-newsletter, The Friday Flyer.  The facts ran for four consecutive weeks.   One week, they provided a link to a short video about tap water vs. bottled water in the newsletter.

Troop Leader and Towne Meadow parent: Ruth Perkins

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