Last year students in fourth and fifth grade at James Faulkner Elementary School in Stoddard had an idea to get a recycling program started at their school. Now a year later, The Green Team after school program collects all the recyclable items from the entire school and sorts it for parent volunteers to take to the Stoddard transfer station.
“This is a great effort on the part of our students,” said 4/5th grade teacher and Green Team Advisor Laura White. “Prior to this initiative, everything went directly into the trash. The students set up the whole system and have worked hard to educate the school on the how to recycle and the benefits of recycling,” continued White.
Now the Green Team is taking their mission a step further. The first half-hour of their weekly meeting consists of picking up the recycling and readying it for parent pickup. The second half is spent working on another project to help green the school and benefit the environment. One of those projects recently involved putting together a recycling skit and a trivia game to present to other students highlighting good recycling protocol. The Green Team also hopes to roll out their plan to have all students and staff use reusable water bottles rather than disposable ones by the end of the school year.
Green Team members (l-r) Kalaya Hudziec and Emily Peschel explain the correct way to recycle bottles containing liquid to students.