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Now, more than ever, it has become common in the classroom to find teachers educating children about saving the planet.
Darlene Carlmark, Principal at Etiwanda Colony School, says educators have the obligation to teach children to not only care about their education, but to care about each other, our world, and to make a better world for the future.
Educators are finding it’s somewhat easy to get kids excited about the environment by engaging them in conversations and surrounding them with the correct materials. Kids are quickly incorporating the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
One of the things that the Etiwanda Colony School is doing in the cafeteria is carefully stacking and recycling the styrofoam paper trays that are used at lunchtime. This method reduces trash waste and cuts back on the number of times the trash truck comes.
Etiwanda’s recycling and reducing trash program has become so successful it’s paved the way for a new project that will show children a way to give back to nature.
There’s a new “large garden” project to teach children about gardening. The money the school receives from recycling cans and bottles goes towards gardening tools, soil, plants, seeds, etc.
According to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California school districts produced more than 760,000 tons of waste per year. By implementing environmentally friendly programs like Etiwanda Colony School, the educational, environmental, and financial benefits positively affect everyone.
It’s best to get children in the habit of reducing waste now while they’re young, so the future can be brighter for the next generation of kids that will follow in their footsteps.