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Go Green: Start a Student-Run Recycling Club

By Beth Newingham on April 5, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

When the teachers, students, and custodians at our school noticed the great amount of paper being thrown away every day, we knew it was time to make a change. Hill School has now been recycling its paper since the winter of 2008. Each classroom, copy room, and office has at least one recycling bin, and there are bins in the gym, music room, art room, cafeteria, and media center.

To make students active participants in the recycling process, Lora Herbert, an awesome 4th grade teacher at my school, started a student recycling club. During lunch each day, recycling club members are assigned to collect and empty the recycling bins in specific rooms. Through the use of posters, word-of-mouth, and "commercials" on our televised morning announcements, the students in this club have made the staff and students at Hill School well aware of what materials can and cannot be recycled. We are pros at recycling our construction paper, catalogs, envelopes, scrap paper, and more, thanks to our recycling club.

Comments (3)

People just need to leasrn how to recycle that is one of the reasons get tickets because they get caught doing the crime. If people would just do their part everyone would live happily ever after. It will also prevent global warming EVERYONE WHO LITERS JUST PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF!

recycling is a good thing you will live better with out all the gunk to be in the air so that school is doing a good thing

Recycling can be to prevent global warming we just need to learn how not to liter places and that is one of the reasons why people get tickets. Just do your part and you'll live in a happy and clean world where everyone is happy.

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