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|Project Title: ||Green Beans Recycle |
|School Year: ||2008|
|School - District:||Cape Cod Region Voc Tech - Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical|
|Contact Name:||Kerry Lotti|
|Contact Phone:||(508) 432-4500|
|Content-Area(s):||Science & Technology|
|Community Need:||Education, Environment|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
11th and 12th grade environmental science students learn about ecological health, the process of recycling, environmental and financial benefits to recycling and gain a concept of the amount of trash produced by one school building. These students collect recyclables and redeemable trash from sorting receptacles they have placed throughout the school. Students maintain a dumpster that is emptied on a routine basis by a recycling center.
Funds from redeemables are given to Phantom Fund gathering donations for a prosthetic limb for a student. Eleventh graders cross-age mentor a group of pre-vocational eighth grade students and Pre – K daycare students, teaching them about the recycling project, and passing on information they have learned. All students increase organizational, communication, and leadership skills. They gain understanding of the necessity for recycling and how the process occurs. All gain a sense of civic participation and awareness of the needs of others.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Students are addressing the issue of the large amount of recyclable trash that the school produces that would normally be sent by train to the transfer station for disposal. Students have viewed the paper and cardboard waste from each classroom determining the need for receptacles in each room as well as common areas in the building. Students have determined by filling a recycling dumpster that 6 cubic yards of paper is collected per week saving the school $600.00 per month in trash fees. Students are aware of the redeemable containers utilized by people in the building and determined that recycling those products would also serve to raise funds for the fund collecting for a prosthetic limb needed by a student.
|Service Component: |
Students act as cross-aged mentors educating middle school and pre – K students about recycling. Students help the school conduct itself in an ecologically friendly manner and save the school district disposal fees. Students become aware of the physical limitations of another student and band together to raise money to help obtain a prosthetic limb. Due to the ongoing nature of the project students determine collection frequency required and scheduling. Students determined specific use for current year’s redeemable funds. Students work approximately two hours weekly on actual collection although the practice of sorting disposed trash happens continuously. There is a tremendous impact on the student waiting for the prosthetic and the entire school and school district has benefitted for the recycling.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Weekly students are responsible for collecting, bagging and disposing of recyclable papers/cardboard into appropriate recycling dumpster. Students peer-promote the idea of recycling of plastic bottles to the 650 students at Cape Tech. Bottles and cans are generated from water and soda machines located in the cafeteria. Bottles and cares are sorted and distributed to proper recycling centers. Profits from the collected redeemable products go to a senior graduation project that is raising money for an alumnus who lost his arm in an accident.
Science, Technology and Engineering:
Recycling is related to the Unit on resources, including ESS standards:
2.1 Recognize, describe and compare renewable and non-renewable resources.
2.2 Describe the effects on the environment and on the carbon cycle of using both renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
With the ongoing nature of the project the students guide how the redeemable funds will be utilized. They arrange the frequency and schedule of collection.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students viewed and measured the recyclable paper and cardboard disposed of by the school in one week’s time. Students able to translate the amount collected into a monetary savings for the school. Students designed recycling posters designed to show the items that qualify for redemption vs. recycling. Student created a diorama detailing the area transfer station.
|Community Partners Involved: |
The project is supported by our local waste management company, “Allied Waste Services” who takes away the collected materials on a weekly basis. The “Green Team” of the Environment Protection Agency lends supportive materials.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Students and environmental science teacher received the 2007 Secretary Award for Excellence in Environmental Education.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
The Business Office of the school has been able to determine the difference in transfer station costs from prior to the program’s operation to costs with the project operating. Students are aware of the large amounts of paper/cardboard disposal based on an increased need and requests for classroom collections.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
The challenge of maintaining consistent pick up schedule by Waste Management Corp. was solved by clear communication of needs to the company by student representative and school business office.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.