Taking Care of Our Brains,
So we can Take Care of the Earth.
So we can Take Care of the Earth.
The idea of starting a recycling club comes from a group of girls who interacted with a website on Earth Day. From that inspiration they took photos around Piney Point ES to show a need for recycling and taking care of their environment. They are excited that with the support of HEB, they are putting into motion a club to build their young dreams. Pictured is Green Club President Kelly M., the driving force for the club, receiving the HEB Grant. On a field trip she is shown with her dream job mentor, Todd Casselman, Chair of KHB and Allied Waste manager. Also shown is Robin Blut, Executive Director of Keep Houston Beautiful and co-sponsor of the HEB grant.
Karen North, Piney Point Elementary Technology Specialist and KHB Education co-chair, serves as co-sponsor of the Piney Point "Green Club" along with fourth grade teacher Kimberly Boyce. Prior to teaching at Piney Point she was the Technology Instructor at Westside High School where she recruited students to serve as members of its environmental club. She has worked with videos showing the impact of KHB projects on students learning.
- Recycling Clubs started involving both the Piney Point Green Club and the Computer Science STEM Club. Ms Boyce has devoted many volunteer hours to sponsoring The Green Club. Ms. North sponsored the Computer Science Club where she incorporated computing into solving a real-world problem.
- Recycling was promoted to the Campus Community resulting in a whole school culture that has become involved in the importance of saving our earth. Videos were coordinated by Hector LaRotta, 3rd grade teacher. Bulletin Boards and posters were designed to communicate the importance of recycling. A middle school student for his community service project designed an Earth Day bulletin board.
- Recycling containers were purchased and have been used throughout the school year. A schedule for collection has been maintained.
- Safety Green T-shirts were created with a Club logo on the front and a personal graphic on the back. The logo on the front says, "Taking Care of our Brains so we Can Take Care of our Earth." This has motivated students to design posters for recycling awareness and Earth Day along with applying computing skills.
- To integrate computing and science curriculum through recycling - A presentation communicating connections with the National Girls Collaborative Project will be given on June 19th in Austin. Crystal Rain Forest programming software that integrates both environmental concerns and computing will be incorporated during the 2009-2010 school year.
The most notable result of this project is that we have implemented and are sustaining a paper recycling program school-wide. Prior to the start of this club, staff members talked about needing to recycle paper, but few took the time to do it. Now every staff member is making an effort to recycle paper correctly. Students have been given a hands-on experience of operating a recycling collection program and the experience of promoting the recycling program to Piney Point Elementary School students, parents and teacher groups.
Our feedback includes the smiles from the student faces, the students who volunteer to empty the containers, and seeing the containers overflowing everyday.