Peace, love, recycle
Peace, Love, Recycle” is the theme that my 4th grade Girl Scout troop used to teach students at Meadow Wood Elementary about the new Recycling Center we designed and built inside our school.
Students, teachers, faculty and visitors can now recycle plastic bottles, bags, packaging materials, paper, magazines, newspapers, aluminum, ink cartridges and even old cell phones.
We decided to build the Recycling Center because we have our troop meetings at school but had nowhere to recycle our water bottles. We didn’t like throwing them in the trash because we all recycle them at home.
Before we could begin building our Recycling Center, the eight girls in my troop had to do some wall repairs and repaint the area where the Recycling Center would go. We recycled an old blackboard, cut it in half and used it as the countertop. My dad built a frame to support the weight. We used a jig saw to cut large holes in the blackboard over each container, and we glued little glass beads around the edges. We ordered bins for the recyclable items to go in.
Our troop wrote a song, made posters and even produced a movie (with the help of Stratford student Evan White) to let everyone at school know about the Recycling Center. The video was shown to all students and many friends and family who came to celebrate the opening at our ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony.
We were also able to send recycling information home with students in reusable shopping bags that a neighborhood grocery store donated.
So many students and teachers are now recycling that the bins are always full. In fact, our vice-principal asked about getting more of the recycling containers for other parts of the school. As the saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.”
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