Go green: Become a green teacher leader

 

Are you one that loves our planet and wants to teach your students how to keep it green, but can’t find the time to squeeze it in? Now is your chance to become your school’s green teacher leader! Applications are now being accepted for anyone interested in beginning an after school or lunch club, focusing on all things “green”. You might start a school garden, create a cafeteria composting program, host a plastic recycling day; these are just a few ideas to get you thinking, but the goal of your club can be designed by you and your students.

Look for the posting in your building and apply today!!

Reusable water bottle? Yes please!

 

Now that students are back in school part-time and water fountains are off limits due to Covid restrictions, the Monster Re-User water bottle project has never been more necessary and popular. Over 475 stainless steel reusable water bottles were handed out to first graders throughout the Bethel district. Teachers are thrilled to have them, as many young children forget to bring them from home which means they have to go thirsty or use a plastic one-time use bottle.

In order to receive the bottles, teachers were required to show a video presentation that teaches kids why using a reusable water bottle compared with one-time use plastic bottles is so important. They receive monster stickers on their bottles when remembering to bring and use them each day. They are also challenged to try to find ways to re-use things at  home as well. Prizes are given to students in June to those who have managed to use their bottle all year long!

The problem with plastic

 

 

Students made their voice heard this month after watching a google slide presentation on the problems with plastic. They learned 10 different ways to get rid of plastic in their lives such as giving up bottled water, avoiding single serve or single use items, skipping plastic take-out containers for leftovers, ditching plastic garbage bags, borrowing, renting or buying used first to name a few. Then they got to put their learnings to paper and persuade someone in the district why we should eliminate some or all of our plastic sporks and single use containers. The letters showed a lot of thought and were very-well written. The top 10 were delivered to Bethel administrators and hydroflasks were given as prizes.

Take-out creates a lot of trash

With families home more than ever, getting take-out for meals is becoming ever- popular! Unfortunately, it creates a lot of unnecessary trash, especially compared to cooking and eating off of your own plates at home. In January, students were to watch the youTube video entitled, “Take out creates a lot of trash, it doesn’t have to,” and then discuss five ways they could create less waste. After making that list, they were to choose one that they wanted to improve upon and tell how they would make it happen. There were over 80 participants this month and the ideas ranged from educating their families, to purchasing re-usable lunch containers and eating healthier–less processed foods!

Kitchen composting at home

 

 

Since students are mostly confined to their homes, eating three meals a day, there has never been a better time to teach about composting at home! December’s challenge involved students watching a slide presentation about what can and cannot be composted. Then students were to make a list of items they frequently eat and show what can and cannot be composted, then post this list on the refrigerator for all to see. Winning students received a kitchen composting bucket from the City of Eugene’s Solid Waste Department with a game inside to help pass the “COVID time”!

What is composting and why should we do it?

With virtual learning the way of the current world,  online challenges will be presented each month for middle schoolers to complete either on their own, or as assigned by the teacher. These challenges will be focused on learning about solid waste and ways to reduce it. November’s challenge was titled, “What is composting and why should we do it?” It involved students watching a google slide show about what it means to compost and why it is important to do it at home and at school. Students were then asked to design a poster, showing what they learned. 25 students participated in this first challenge and  three winners received LED strip lights for their bedroom or area of choice!

Compost bin surprise at lunch delivery

 

Many families picking up lunch at Meadow View School on October 16th were surprised with a new compost bucket for their countertops at home! The City of Eugene’s Recycling and Solid Waste Department handed out free bins to any interested families. City garbage haulers are now accepting all food waste in yard debris cans so it makes sense to compost your food waste right in your own kitchen and put it in your yard waste bin instead of your garbage can. This will cut down on landfill greenhouse gas emissions! It is a win/win for everyone!

Compost at home!

 

Now that you are learning from a distance, and eating your meals at home, this is a perfect time to start composting at home! Many of you participated in lunchtime composting at your school so you already know what to do! Put FOOD and PLANTS ONLY in your countertop bin, then empty it in your yard waste can to be picked up by your garbage hauler. It will then be sent to Rexius to be turned into compost. If you would like your own kitchen compost bin, show up between 11 and 1 at Meadowview for lunch pick-up on Friday, October 16th, where free bins will be handed out until they run out! Hope to see you then!

Earth Day Poster Contest

Best Overall, by Emily L.

During Ellie Owens’ Prairie Mountain distance learning Environmental Science class, we hosted an Earth Day poster contest. Student participation was optional, but many 7th graders took advantage of the contest. There were 6 winners who all received prizes for their efforts consisting of either a reusable water bottle, reusable straw or a science game or kit. Great job to those of you who participated. Below are the remainder of the winners.

Most Artistic, by Julie S.

Best Design, by Tayshaun

Most Inspiring, by Katriina P.

   Best Message, by Elijah D.

Most Creative Medium, by Chad H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Earth Day!

 

The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.

-Wendell Berry

What can you do for our Mother Earth today?