Are you on the green team? Do you know what the four R's are? The Earhart kindergartners certainly know what the four R's are and are active members of the green team.
The four R's stand for reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot (compost). Earhart kindergartners have been having monthly lessons learning about these four important earth friendly concepts and now with a recent grant to support their active engagement, and with the involvement of parents volunteers and earth conscious teachers, they are dedicated to making a difference.
In their most recent lesson, students took time to reflect on what they had already been learning and doing so far this year to be green. Some of those activities include: planting a variety of seeds in their Kinder-Garden, counting and measuring red wigglers, making lavender sachets from lavender harvested from their garden, learning about the benefits of bees, and participating in an assembly from Waste Management focused on the 4 R’s.
This month parent volunteers shared some shocking facts with the kindergartners. After going through one day’s trash just from the kindergarten lunch time it was found that at the rate the kindergartners were going they would have 22,860 pieces of landfill trash by the end of the year! It was time to put those four R's into serious practice, be active green team members, set an example, and spread the word. In this most recent lesson they participated in three stations. In one they collected old T-shirts which they then reused and repurposed into bags.
Students discussed how they could now use them at the grocery store, especially since plastic bags are now banned. (Hooray!) In another station they sorted items
into the gray (trash/landfill), green (compost), and blue (recycle) bins.
In the third station they played a game where they looked at pictures of things they may find in their lunches and sorted them into the appropriate bins. They became conscious of how they could make a few changes to lessen what was in the gray bin. Kindergartners were excited to learn that with the grant that had been given to the school, each kindergartner was able to receive a reusable bottle to use at lunch in hopes of limiting the trash from juice pouches, milk cartons,
juice boxes, straws, and wrappers.
Next month parent volunteers will again count the trash to see if the kindergartners' raised awareness has reduced their lunchtime trash. This green team is excited and dedicated to making a difference and truly being active in the four R's. Will you join them?