Students at Mid Carolina HS are making much less waste in the cafeteria by “tapping & stacking” washable baskets and bowls. The startup cost of the new initiative was $300, compared to spending $150 weekly on disposables. Debra Rowe, kitchen manager, with support from Mrs. Barnes, Director of Child Nutrition, is largely responsible for putting the initiative in place. She says, “These plates will save money, help our landfill, and are very sturdy. Students also love the way food looks in the baskets…presentations pop!” How-to videos are looping in the cafeteria, and student “guards” are making sure the reusables aren’t thrown away until everyone is used to the new program.
Students at Wren ES had fun using envelopes and bottle caps to make travel tic-tac-toe games. In the process, students practiced measuring skills.
At a recent STEM celebration, Gadsden Elementary students reused materials to models of famous African American inventions. Adults learned from the students’ work.
Leaders lead by doing! Here the principal of Mid Carolina HS sets an example for students and staff by taking a turn at carrying plastic bottles out for recycling.
Students at the Harmony School are creating and donating balls of plastic bag yarn which will be crocheted into bedrolls for unsheltered citizens in the Midlands.
Students at Wren ES are learning to separate inorganic waste from organic waste. The organic waste is diverted from the school waste stream by Atlas Organics to create compost that can be used on school grounds.
Students at the Barclay School are busy building habitats. Here students are constructing big bee houses. They are also building pens for school yard chickens and pot-belly pigs. These animals will be joining the Barclay School’s bunny who contributes the vital ingredients for their famous Bunny Brew (compost tea).
Green Steps Mentor, Nell Orscheln and her son Harry upcycled cereal boxes to make Valentine tags for his classmates.
3rd grade students at Caughman Road ES learn about composting from mentor, Samantha Yager.
Students at Pleasant Hill ES made a poster about their Arbor Day tree planting event. The poster shows students learning from guest speakers, planting trees with urban foresters and teaching others by singing about the importance of caring for the environment.