They wanted to ensure that the first results weren’t a fluke. Truly, the ratio of plastic-to-non-plastic items in the high school building is significantly higher than in the middle school.
If given more time, the students were interested in sampling some of the lower-school classrooms to see if their predicted trend occurred:
- Lower school (gr. K – 5) – least amount
- Middle school building (gr. 6 – 7) – more
- Upper school building (gr. 8 -9) – highest numbers
The students have been extremely excited about adding signage to each of the classrooms next year. The signs would promote recycling and the “what goes where” type information that is lacking for our classrooms.
They are also interested in creating basketball nets to mount on the walls above the recycling bins. They really want them to be made of all or some recycled materials. I told them to contact local pizza places to see if they could get some donated boxes. They weren’t too happy when I shared that we couldn’t “recycle used pizza boxes from our lunches, because the melted cheese and pizza guts would eventually rot and smell … ha-ha!!
– Mary Smith, director of student activities, Mountain Island Charter School