Schools in the Spotlight

     

Conway Elementary School

Jennifer Dragotta and Laura Randolph manage the recycling program at Conway Elementary School and have the entire support of the students and faculty. Beginning at 7 a.m. each weekday, they (with student helpers) collect classroom paper and cardboard as part of Horry County’s "Talking Trash" program. Their "Green Team" concentrates on recycling newspaper in October, plastic in November and metal in December. During the last school year, the team collected more than 16,000 pounds of recyclables in 6 months. The Green Team has done an exceptional job educating other students, their families, employees in their parent’s work places and the congregations of local churches.

 
     

Daniel High School

Chuck Conrad from Daniel High School is no stranger to recycling and taking care of the environment. His AP Environmental Science Students decided to teach other classmates and their parents about the importance of properly maintaining their car. It not only helps the environment but also helps cars to perform better and improve gas mileage. The students designed an “Inflation Station” in their school parking to check the air pressure in the tires of vehicles passing through one day. They informed patrons that having the correct air pressure would make a difference and were prepared to add air if needed with mobile air compressors. The students decorated the school with posters and made announcements to inform other students of this project. Congratulations Daniel High School for going the extra mile to help the environment.

 

An "Inflation Station" at Daniel High School.

     

Gaffney Middle School

William Jones, a seventh-grade teacher at Gaffney Middle School, works each week with a new group of students to collect the recyclables from classrooms. Using lessons from "Action in the Classroom," he teaches his students about the importances of recycling in South Carolina. But Jones and his team doesn't stop with traditional recycling. In the school's cafeteria, he encourages students to use the "tap and stack" method to reduce the volume of trash generated by the Styrofoam lunch trays. Jones and his students also keep a roof garden. With the help of cafeteria workers, this team experiments with composting food scraps. Thank you Mr. Jones for your leadership!

     

Garrett Academy of Technology

The students at Garrett Academy of Technology in Charleston County recycles paper, plastic, cardboard and pizza boxes. But the high school students in Michael Branch’s automotive and welding classes are doing more. Each technology class is doing their part by recycling used motor oil, paint, car batteries, tires and scrap metal. This program exemplifies the positive contributions that all students can make to their school, community and the environment. Keep on recycling and congratulations to Michael Branch and his students at Garrett Academy of Technology.

     

Glenview Middle School

Connie Chappelear-Roose at Glenview Middle School has created a great reuse project with her students. The Puppy Patrol Project, teaches students the importance of reusing while providing a valuable resource for a local business. Each weekday, all classrooms collect their used paper and special education students collect it from each classroom. The paper is then delivered to Mrs. Roose and volunteer students who stay after school and shred the paper. The local PAWS Animal Shelter picks up the shredded paper and uses it for bedding at the shelter. All of the students and teachers at Glenville Middle School participate in this project. Mrs. Roose gets pictures from the shelter and shows them to students so they can see the results of their hard work and conservation.

     

North Myrtle Beach Middle School

Melany Nussbaumer from North Myrtle Beach Middle School works with a group of volunteer students that give up their recess to recycle. The entire program is led by students and monitored by Nussbaumer. The volunteers collect paper, steel cans, aluminum, glass and plastic bottles as well as aluminum drink-can tabs for Ronald McDonald. The group even had the idea to start recycling at basketball games and other events and incorporated that into their recycling program. Congratulations to North Myrtle Beach Middle School for your extraordinary recycling efforts.

 

Ocean Drive Elementary School

Jerry Hilburn has been helping Ocean Drive Elementary School with its recycling program for 8 years. As the school's custodial supervisor, Hilburn helped set up three recycling stations to collect cardboard, copy paper, plastic bottles, aluminum, metal, magazines and chipboard. He also made sure that each classroom has a recycling bin to collect paper. This smaller recycling program has big results -- recycling about 18,000 pounds per year. The fourth graders manage the recycling program and take the recycling message home with them. Parents and siblings learn about recycling, too. Thank you Mr. Hilburn for going over and above to help Ocean Drive Elementary School do such a good job at recycling.

 

Teacher in the Spotlight

 

Katie Houser, Memminger Elementary School

Memminger Elementary School in Charleston is called the School of Global Studies. Teacher Katie Houser is showing the students a global perspective of the whole environment. Ms. Houser realizes the key to any successful program is communicating. She meets weekly with the Green Leaders and the Teenie Greenies keeping them informed and shares green tips on composting and recycling during the school’s morning news program. Ms. Houser recruits community resources to help with the environmental message. A local company donated tiles and the students made a stepping stone mosaic in the school’s garden. Old wood pallets were used to make a scarecrow for the garden. Ms. Houser hosted a VIP garden tour reception and had a guest chef prepare food that was from the student’s garden to emphasize the environmental loop. Congratulations to Katie Houser for all your green efforts at Memminger Elementary School.

 

Rising Stars

 

Ebinport Elementary School

Ebinport Elementary School has been working very hard at their recycling program and also is a rising recycling star in South Carolina. Sandra Thompson and her group of fourth graders collect a wide range of items – plastic, aluminum, chipboard, plastic lunch containers, juice cups, milk cartons, newspaper, copy paper, construction paper and even pizza boxes. They have collected a total of more than 96,000 pounds this year. This group of fourth graders arrive at school each morning at 7:20 a.m. to pick up recyclables from each classroom. Ebinport’s student council revisits classrooms throughout the year with a PowerPoint presentation reviewing what the school recycles. Again, education is the key and these students know that. Ebinport Elementary School knows how to reuse too by collecting books all year and then handing them out at Christmas time as gifts to students. In addition, they’ve made notebooks out of chipboard as a cover and used recycled paper as the insert showing others how items can be reusued. They give these out at the York County Earth Day Birthday Celebration. Ebinport – you are doing all the right things! Keep up the great work!

     

Heathwood Hall

Valerie Moore and her students at Heathwood Hall are making composting an integral part of their students' lives. As a school, they place a strong focus on environmental awareness and are definitely a rising star for composting in South Carolina. They composted 2,500 pounds of food waste last year from school lunches and after school snacks. Their cafeteria staff plays an important role and collects about 25 pounds each day from lunch preparation. Pencil shavings from classrooms and sawdust from the State Fair are added to the compost as well as contributions from the maintenance and grounds crew. All of this composting requires equipment and they have it -- traditional composting bins, worm bins and an Earth Tub. These students have a compost awareness week, tweet compost facts, give away prizes for composting and spend time educating younger students. They also continue their own education by inviting a UNC-Charlotte professor to speak to them and forming partnerships with Sustainable Midlands and the Soil and Water Conservation Consortium. Congratulations Healthwood Hall!

 

Students compost with the "Earth Tub" at Heathwood Hall.

     

Seaside Elementary School

Seaside Elementary School is a school to watch and is definitely a rising recycling star. Darcy Jones and her group of students are doing many great things. They not only collect basic items such as newspaper, plastic, magazines, paper and aluminum, but also collect markers, glue sticks, batteries, tape dispensers, toothbrushes, juice pouches and chip bags. They collected more than 6,000 chip bags, 41,500 juice pouches, and 3,500 glue sticks. Collecting this amount of recyclables takes a lot help. To get the attention of each student at the beginning of the school year, they create an information book for each classroom, delivering a canvas bag that contains an example of each item that the school recycles. Ms. Jones and her students send out creative announcements that remind students of these items on a daily basis. We all can learn from the students at Seaside Elementary School. It takes time to educate about recycling and it takes consistent reminders to make a program successful.

 

Pictured above is one of several recycling collection stations at Seaside Elementary School.

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

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