Ms. Whittaker's students had fun creating Soda Can Portraits using reusable/recycled materials:
Project #1 Recycling
Our entire DFES community recycles all office and classroom paper products, plastic containers and jugs, aluminum cans, and cardboard. On Wednesdays our recycling captains collect bins from classrooms and other areas of the school and take them to the collection site. At lunch, we collect all recycling as well. We measure the mass collected from lunch recycling and include it with our Waste Stream Data compiled each month. Data is sent out to DFES community each month for classroom charts, graphs, etc…At the beginning of the year, students created classroom charts to show what items can be recycled and what cannot.
Project #2 Food-Waste-to-Compost Program
We composts all breakfast, lunch, and snack food waste. All milk cartons, paper towels, napkins, any food waste, paper containers and trays are separated from recycling and landfill items. Our food waste is placed in a SMART cart for compost hauling. We measure the mass of all food waste each day and include it with our Waste Stream Data compiled each month. Data is sent out to DFES community each month for classroom charts, graphs, etc…At the beginning of the year, students created classroom charts to show what items can be recycled and what cannot. DHEC “Action for a Cleaner Tomorrow” Curriculum Activities such as, “Why Waste Food” were taught (modified lesson-- is designed for middle school) by many of our teachers so that our students during Magnet Showcase could share with parents. We continue to do so at Envirofest (in April) along with SMART Recycling. Students will also be a part of teaching their parents how to create their own SMART Cart at home.
On Wednesday, March 1st DFES was chosen to present to legislators at Recycling Day at the State House. Students from Mrs. Gibson's class did a fantastic job of convincing many state house staff interns, SC senators, and SC legislators of the need to continue funding recycling efforts in SC. They gave a speech, communicated from their poster they created, and told personal stories of what they do here for our school to help the earth. We are very proud of Mrs. Gibson's Fox Cubs for representing us well.