As usual West School participated in the Trex Challenge. Students learned about plastic film and bag recycling. West students collected 866 pounds of plastic between November and April. That’s a lot of plastic saved from the landfills!
Did you know that you can directly use solar power to cook food? This can be done using a solar oven, which is an ecologically friendly technology. Students watched a video about using the sun for power. They then made their own oven out of recycled pizza boxes.
Take an empty chip/snack bag and turn it into a cool coin purse! All you need is a bag, a little duct tape, and a little velcro. That’s what the Green Club did! Some students are planning on using them as a green Mother’s Day gift.
West School’s Green Club helped Village Arborist, John Houde, plant a Baldcypress tree in celebration of Arbor Day. Third graders, Mira and Oliver presented reports on the history of Arbor day and Lindsey recited an original poem about trees. All club members helped Dr. Rongey hoist the Arbor Day flag in front of West School. In addition to helping the environment, annual Arbor Day ceremonies help the Village maintain status as a Tree City USA.
This was a great opportunity to de-clutter games and toys and keep them out of landfills. Students who choose to participate brought in a gently used toy or game. After lunch students selected a different item to take home.
Spring is here and soon wildflowers will be popping up in front of West School thanks to the Green Club members. The three gardens were sown with a mix of native wildflowers that will help the bees and other wildlife.
Our students are on a mission to recycle plastic film for the #TrexRecyclingChallenge. The Green Club collected 110 lbs of plastic at their April 10th meeting. Think beyond the bag when it comes to recycling plastic! Help our students collect polyethylene to win the #TrexRecyclingChallenge! In addition to plastic grocery and retail bags, you can recycle bread bags, newspaper sleeves, bubble wrap and more. Check out the full list of plastic items at http://bit.ly/2aa0PBM, and support our students by dropping off your recyclables at West.
The Green Team learned about water cycles and used a recycled soda bottle to create a terrarium. We learned that a scientists has a terrarium that he has not had to open or water for 40 years! We planted ours with miniature basil and thyme seeds.
In honor of Valentines Day, club members repurposed paint color swatches into festive bookmarks. Students also used recycled paper to create cards for their special valentines.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! The holidays are special, but this year’s festivities don’t have to negatively impact our environment. There are a number of measures that all of us can take to lessen the amount of trash we produce.
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The Green Club activity for 12/12 was a combined opportunity for service learning and to practice reusing. We used recycled materials to make festive gift bags filled with repurposed hotel toiletries. The bags will be donated to a shelter in time for the holidays.
On November 21st, the Green Club worked on making their Thanksgiving Green. We made popcorn filled Turkey centerpieces out of recycled paper bags, and recycled paper. Happy Thanksgiving!
On November 7, Green Club members took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather by planting bulbs. The small spring bulbs will naturalize and complement our prairie garden in the front of our school.
On Halloween morning the Green Club had fun with recycled crafts. We repurposed large ice cream containers which were donated by Homer’s Ice Cream. Students used recycled decorations to make fantastic Trick or Treat Buckets.
West School’s Trex recycling boxes were overflowing, so on October 17th, the Green Club got busy collecting and counting plastic bags. We also learned about bringing reusable bags when shopping to cut down on plastic bag use. Today we collected 9,600 bags! So far Mrs. Juozaitis’ class has recycled the most. That’s a lot of plastic saved from the landfills. Go Green!
First thing in the morning on September 19th & September 26th, the Green Club was busy gardening. During the first meeting club members planted a fall crop of spinach in the new organic garden. Students planted native perennial grasses and flowers by the school entrance during our second meeting. We can’t wait to see our garden grow!
What are Green Guides? Green Guides are the name for our students that help with recycling and composting. Each week three 3rd grade and three 4th grade students are chosen to man our three recycling stations. All students learn to separate trash, compost and recyclable items on their lunch trays and deposit them in the correct containers. Our student Green Guides help with this effort as students go through the station. Students bringing lunch from home are encouraged to pack lunches in reusable containers and lunch bags. The Green Guides also help bring the compost outside and put it in our collection of Green Cone Compositors. We hope students will develop lifelong green habits and practice them at home.
For the fifth year, West School has joined the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. Students wil learn the importance of plastic recycling and keeping plastic out of the landfills. Plastic that is ordinarily not part of Glencoe’s recycle program will be collected in classrooms and the Lunch Room. The bags will be sent to the Trex company where they are made into building materials and home products. The school that collects the most bags will win a bench made out of the recycled plastic. We have won the Chicago area Challenge twice and second place twice! What a great way to help the environment! Look at our video section to see what exactly what can be recycled and how Trex transforms the plastic.
Check out the Green Corner in the front passageway to learn about all things Green at West School. In the Corner are recycling bins for batteries, printer cartridges, and plastic shopping bags. All classrooms are equipped with recycle bins, Plastic Bag Recycling boxes and “be nice use it twice” paper containers. These hold paper that is only used on one side. Students will use the other side and then recycle the paper in order to reduce our paper use and save trees. We look forward to our greenest year yet!
The West School Green Club meets at 8:00 am on a Monday. Session 2 dates are 2/6, 3/13, 410, 4/24, 5/8 and 5/15.
The Green Team works to promote appreciation of the environment, to cultivate and implement ideas to reduce waste, and to encourage students to make good choices that help reduce the carbon footprint of West School. With the goal of developing awareness and understanding of the importance of recycling, the club members will participate in a number of projects. These projects tie into the 4th grade study of ecosystems and 3rd grade study of the prairie. The Glencoe PTO has generously funded this club. Questions? Contact Mrs. Salzman.
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