Orchard Park’s Crayon Recycling Project

opcrayonrecycleOrchard Park’s Green Club students have begun a fun recycling project that will keep thousands of stubby crayons out of landfills! They even have the whole school participating.

First the green club students brought enough shoe boxes for each classroom to have their own.  At that meeting one of their “stations” (since they have so many kids in their club) decorated the boxes, and the parent leaders asked the teachers via email to use the boxes in their rooms.

On the day before club meetings, the club asks the teachers to set the collection boxes by their door. A small team led by one 5th grade boy who is Judy’s “assistant” goes down the halls with a cloth grocery bag, and the kids dump the crayons into the bag.

Judy takes them home and weighs them so they can be colored onto the tote board (for the school to see how much they are recycling).  Their goal is 20 pounds and they may hit it! They only started at the end of last semester.

They will ship the crayons at the end of the year or perhaps in 2 separate shipments. For more info, check out the following link: http://www.crazycrayons.com/recycle_program.html

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Green Clubs

Getting students engaged in green practices is the key to a healthy future for our community. Green Clubs in our schools are a terrific forum for students to learn how to care for the earth and to put that knowledge into practice. See below for what student green clubs in our district are doing so far this school year!