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Meadow Glen Elementary  shoe collection campaign for Keep the Midlands Beautiful this year and some of our GREEN TEAM RECYCLERS

While our team worked hard to promote collection, they were disappointed in only collecting 99 pairs of shoes. I reminded them that:
– that was 198 shoes that didn’t go into the landfill and
– they should focus on how to increase the number for next year. (They decided that next year, month’s in advance, they will begin using  advertising teasers promoting the upcoming shoe drive.)
shoe collection 99 shoes.2015-16


Cardboard egg cartons worked very well as pea seed starters, when placed into a saucer like container with about 1/8 inch of water. (More water = too soggy, no water= not soft enough to decompose when transplanted placed into soil, so those received pencil poked holes. My best guess is we have planted over 300 pea seeds.peas planted in egg carton pots20160323_114726


Calendar of Events/Deadlines

Breathe Better (Anti-Idling) Enroll now for the 2017-2018 school year to minimize idling at your school: Note: Schools need to re-enroll each school year. Contact:  Leslie Coolidge or Adey Olatosi <>  Also ask about the Air Quality Flag Program.

September 2017

SC Forestry Commission.  Wood Magic Forest Fair is a forestry program for 5th graders and includes sessions about papermaking, gifts of the forest regeneration, sawmill and fire demonstrations and more. The program will be held in each of the three regions for one week each. They need 26 volunteers every day. Contact Beth Foley if you are interested in this event. Dates below:
SC Bontanical Garden, Clemson- September 19th-22nd
Harbison State Forest, Columbia- October 16th-20th
Sewee Environmental Education Center, Awendaw-                                                                     November 14th-17th

Green Steps Training /Update/Award Session.  Monday, September 18th, 4-5:30. Clemson Extension Office @County Square (301 University Ridge Suite 4300, Greenville 29601). RSVP to Jane Hiller.

Green Steps Train/Update/Award Session Tuesday, September 19th, 4-5:30.  Session for Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and surrounding area mentors and educators. SC Botanical Gardens in the Carriage House (behind Fran Hinson Visitor Center). A short tour of the coastal and prairie portion of the SC Natural Heritage Trail will be offered after the session.  RSVP to Jane Hiller.

Green Steps Training/Update/Award Session.  Monday, September 25th 4-5:30. Dutch Fork Elementary Academy of Environmental Science (7900 Broad River Rd, Irmo 29063). RSVP to Jane Hiller.

October 2017

Green Steps Training/Update/Award Session. Saturday, October 7th from 9-10am for Aiken and surrounding counties. Ruth Patrick Science  Education Center at USC-Aiken. This will be held in Room 320. RSVP to Jane Hiller

32nd Annual Science Education Enrichment (S.E.E.D). Saturday, October 7th 10-3pm. A family-themed festival celebrating science technology, engineering and math. Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC-Aiken.

EEASC Workshop. Saltwater Living at SJN.  Friday, October 13th 4pm-5:30 at St. John Neumann Catholic School (721 Polo Rd, Columbia, SC). This event for teachers and environmental educators will highlight SJN’s journey to bring a saltwater aquarium into the classroom. Please register online or RSVP to Jane Hiller. See flyer for more details.

Children’s Book Submission.  Submission deadline Saturday, October 14th. Submit your anti-litter idea to Jessica.  To enter you must live in South Carolina and have an original story idea. The winner’s book will be published and donated to all elementary schools in South Carolina. The story must be themed around preventing litter, no more than 30 pages and feature Louie the Lion, PalmettoPride’s mascot. For more information or questions contact Jessica Albert



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