3rd Graders Make Great Upcyclers

Photo credit Gavin Stewart/Flickr

If we want to save this planet, kids are the way to go!  Over the past few years I have spoken to many children in their classrooms, girl scout and cub scout meetings, and after school clubs.  They understand Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!  They teach their parents and grandparents to shut off lights and put the banana peel in the compost.  Now, 3rd graders at Abbot Elementary are teaching their fellow classmates and teachers how to upcycle.

Through a grant funded by Sustainable Westford’s Upcycle It! program, Jamie Kelly and Lisa Sanderson are teaching the 3rd graders a valuable lesson.  The students have become “treasure hunters” armed with iPod Touches. They began the year taking pictures of trash barrel contents all over the school.  They collected and analyzed the type of trash being thrown out. From there students created a slideshow presentation of their findings to the entire school.  They then sent out a survey to all students and staff to see what they knew and didn’t know about recycling and upcycling.  This data helped them focus on what education the school needed.  They then wrote, starred in and directed public service announcement video.  Take a look at the videos and survey results on the Abbot Treasure Hunters blog

Fantastic job! Can’t wait to see what comes next.

, , ,

2 Responses to 3rd Graders Make Great Upcyclers

  1. Michelle February 27, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    What a great project! The perfect age to get kids excited about caring for the environment. 😉

  2. The Greening Of Westford February 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    It really is the perfect age Michelle! They are aware enough to realize the importance, but not too old so they still care. I met the kids a few months ago to answer questions about the program. They were so excited about the program and had some really great questions.

Leave a Reply

Designed by Clever Kiwi