Malabon students present to the City

Some students from Mr. DeFlaminis’ class at Malabon Elementary had the privilege of presenting for a Partners in Education presentation on Thursday, May 31st from 3:30-4:15PM. Although Mayor Vinis was unable to attend, City Councilor Semple and Councilor Taylor, as well as key City staff members were there in her place.

Malabon started composting in their kitchen, as well as their cafeteria this year. Students put together a powerpoint presentation explaining the process and the trials and tribulations of implementing the program. Overall, since February, Malabon has saved 175 gallons of food from going in the landfill and instead, sent it off to be made into compost by Rexius. Good job Malabon!

Look what’s new in recyling!

 

Third grade students at Meadow View learned about the recent new changes with recycling. Not only were they made aware of the changes, but they made posters depicting what can and cannot be recycled now. Those posters went home to families so they could post them by their recycle bin. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out!

Malabon begins cafeteria composting!

All Malabon students are learning how to compost their food in the cafeteria! All of their uneaten food goes into the green, Love Food, Not Waste bin, to be made into compost later. All other items go in the garbage. Students have been trained by their teachers and are continuing to help one another out in the cafeteria as well. Hats off to Malabon students and staff for taking on this valuable project!

Carton to Garden Contest

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Carton2garden contest
Spring 2018 Contest

Show us your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living.

The best use of cartons in a school garden gives your school the chance to win one of 14 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000.

We can’t wait to see your students’ creations—carton planters, garden art, scarecrows, window boxes, irrigation systems… The more creative, the better!

Important dates:
  • Beginning of School > Start collecting your cartons
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 > Entries due
  • Friday, May 4, 2018 > Winners announced

COLLECT CARTONS • GET CREATIVE • ENTER

Get started on the right foot. Assign a classroom, teacher, or student team to be in charge of the project and start gathering cartons (suggestions: an art class, a home room, etc.). Have students draw up sketches of their ideas, then vote as a group on which one to make. Collect at least 100 cartons to use in your garden creation. Then gather materials, assign tasks, make it, nurture it and enjoy a growing learning experience together!

Fourteen (14) schools with the most unique carton creations will be selected on Friday, May 4, 2018 to win award packages. One school will win the grand prize, valued at $5,000. Three (3) schools will win Specialty prizes (STEM, Sustainability, and Heath & Nutrition), valued at $2,500. Ten (10) schools – five (5) elementary and five (5) middle/high – will win prizes valued at $1,000. All schools that submit a completed entry form will receive a copy of Steps to a Bountiful Kids Garden book

Seasoned Composters!

 

Irving Elementary is in their second year of cafeteria composting and it shows! Students are very conscientious about emptying food and garbage in the correct spot! There is always someone to lend a helping hand if someone is confused about where something should go. 5th graders happily empty the compost bins at the end of lunch. Custodian, Trever Williams says, “Soon this will not be new for anyone, it will just be a part of school culture.”

LFNW: All Bethel schools on board!!

 

2017 is a big year for Bethel schools! Fairfield and Malabon have joined the rest of our schools with their participation in Love Food, Not Waste, a program that involves composting kitchen and cafeteria food waste. Deveron Musgrave from the Recycling and Solid Waste Department of Eugene recently trained Malabon teachers who will then train their students on how to compost in the cafeteria. Currently, Meadow View, Prairie Mountain, Fairfield, and Danebo compost in the kitchen, while Cascade, Clear Lake, Irving, Kalapuya, Willamette (and soon Malabon), compost in the cafeteria AND kitchen!  Bethel is definitely “greening” things up!

Students become monster re-users!

 

 

 

 

Red Rex is making his rounds again this year, delivering his message about the importance of re-use and reducing our waste. All first grade participants receive a free water bottle from the EWEB and Waste Reduction grants through the City of Eugene. Students will receive monster stickers when caught re-using their water bottle and all of those who still have it at the end of the year will get an even bigger reward! Stay tuned!

 

Take the pledge!!

America Recycles Day

The national recycle rate has increased over the years, but you and your class can help it continue to grow! Sign up and take the pledge for “America Recycles Day” on November 15th.

Recycle=Earn Money!!!

Did you know you can set up a school-wide program to recycle certain items and earn money while doing it?

TerraCycle collects specific waste items, many of which are commonly found in schools, and upcycles them into new products like backpacks and shoes. Collection “brigades” are paid by TerraCycle for each item collected, and the funds can be kept by your school for programs, or donated to a nonprofit organization of your school community’s choosing. You can divert typical garbage items like chip bags, Capri Sun pouches, energy bar wrappers, and more – plus your students will be engaged and have more awareness of the impacts of single-use disposables!

Fix it Fairs

Do you have something at home that needs fixing? Don’t throw it away–save our landfill and come to the Fix it Fair on September 23rd between 1 and 4 at the downtown library, offered by the City of Eugene’s, Waste Prevention and Green Building department. Click below for more information!

Fix it Fairs