Some of you may remember way back to grade school when “greenhouse” meant something entirely different to us. Like, Saran wrap stretched over the top of a bunch of Dixie cups. But, boy things sure have changed.
Now we’re talkin’ trash!
Recently I visited a real “green school” and wished I had this kind fun learning about the environment when I was a kid. Teacher Pauline Roberts of Birmingham Covington School says not only do the students recycle cans, chip packets and juice pouches, but have found a bunch of other creative ways to recycle. Like taking out of date library books and turning them into clocks by adding working parts to the front cover. And, after months of collecting plastic bottle caps for project “Flip Your Lid” – the bottle-cap mural is almost complete! June 6th the last cap gets put into place.
Through the nationwide “Green School Program” points are earned by either activities completed, various projects, recycling, and learnings. After a school reaches 10 points, it can earn a “Green School” status. 15 points gets “Emerald” and 20 or more gives the school an “Evergreen” status.
The students at Birmingham Covington School have earned an Evergreen status by doing things such things as preventing over 400 pairs of shoes entering landfills, and through the “Trash Free Friday” campaign, the kids calculated that a 8,000 saved pounds was kept out of the landfill. Now we’re talkin’ trash!
Pauline says “They are beginning to realize that they are agents of change and that one kid can make a difference.”
Source: Birgit Keil, Just Bea