The South Elementary School Recycling Program is involving students in many ways while also teaching them life-long values.
According to teachers Lauren Metcalf and Sarah Guthrie, the school and Vinton Industries students are partnering in the effort. There are recycling bins located around the school as well as by the garbage bins. The recycled products include cardboard along with other selected items. The Vinton Industries crews pick up the items once a week and sell the items to a recycling center.
While South Elementary is not making money directly, the students are getting something far more valuable than money, in a sense of values. One of those values is learning a good sense of citizenship.
South Elementary student Tyler Nicholas says he enjoys working in the program. He breaks down material such as cardboard and takes it to the back, he said. Guthrie explained in this way, the students are learning firsthand how the process works. Students are surprised by how many items at their school are recycled and how trees will be saved.
She adds it is an early environmental lesson they learn in life.
Teachers have also compiled information for the students and their parents to learn about the powerful impact recycling has on the environment. Some of the information came from the "A" guide to implementing a school recycling program.
"Our kids are learning that we only have one planet to share," said Metcalf.
Both teachers see this program as win/win all the way around and they are glad the students are taking ownership of it.