Back in November, we participated in a nationwide event called America Recycles Day. During this week, we connected with classrooms across the country to read books about recycling as well as exchange recycling problems in our school. Other schools brainstormed with us about how we might improve the recycling efforts in our school. In the past, even though Barrow is established as a “green school”, we’ve struggled with ranking high on the list of schools that contribute the most recycling to the recycling center.
Since America Recycles Day, a lot has happened. Our students worked with the Athens Clarke County Recycling Division to film a music video for their mascot, Binny. The purpose of this video is to help people learn what can and can’t be recycled. It has been sent to every school in our county and will also play on the local government channel.
Ms. Mullins, a Spectrum teacher, is leading an enrichment cluster on recycling. They have been working extra hard to make sure that things are being emptied into our large recycling bin. Our environmental committee, chaired by Natalie Hicks, has also been working to encourage our school to recycle. Our custodians all got updated on procedures for placing items in the recycling bins. Students also placed signs on all of our recycling bins to show people what can and can’t be recycled.
All of these combined efforts results in several recognitions for our school. Today on BTV, Suki Janssen from Athens Clarke County Recycling came to tell us about those honors.
- We are the local winner for the most recycling per student per week average. We averaged 5.08 pounds of recycling per student per week.
- We recycled a total of 2,530 pounds of recycling.
- We are being recognized by the state of Georgia with a $50 gift card to put toward recycling efforts at our school.
- Suki gave several shout outs on BTV to our students as well as Ms. Natalie Hicks for leading the recycling efforts at our school, Ms. Jan Mullins for leading a recycling cluster, and Mr. Andy Plemmons for organizing multiple Skype connections for World Read Aloud week.
We are so proud of the recycling improvements that our school has made, but we know just like the new them song says “There’s work to be done”.