Since January, Green Acres Elementary School has recycled over 2,000 lbs.
Thanks to a Donors Choose fundraiser, Green Acres students in the fifth-grade Advanced Learning Class were able to add recycling bins to each classroom in the school. Each Thursday the fifth-grade class collects the recycling from offices and classrooms. They weigh the recycling and calculate how much each grade level recycled. The students also talk on the school’s morning news to about recycling to encourage everyone to take care of the Earth.
“I am proud of the hard work of our Advanced Learning Program teacher Mrs. Susan Garrett and our 5th Grade ALP students. At Green Acres we are working hard to minimize our negative impact on the environment,” said Green Acres Principal Ashley Mize.
Why are the Green Acres students so committed to the new recycling program?
“We do this because we think it is important,” one fifth grade student explained. “We don’t want to put paper, soda cans or plastic into the trash. Instead, we put them into the recycling bins so they can be remade into new things.”
In celebration of the achievement of the school’s fledgling recycling initiative, Green Acres welcomed members of the Atlanta Braves including the team’s mascot Blooper. The wacky mascot and sports service company Delaware North joined together to help Green Acres second graders learn about the importance of recycling and celebrate Earth Day 2019.
During the Earth Day event, the fifth-grade recycling gurus educated the second graders about the impact of recycling.
“Making recycled paper instead of new paper from trees uses 64% less energy and 58% less water, and it saves trees. An adult leafy tree makes as much oxygen in the season as 10 people breath in a year,” one fifth-grader told the group.
The second graders, in turn, helped The Braves mascot learn which items go into the trash and which items should be recycled.
Principal Mize said, “The students loved it and are even more excited about recycling.”