MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Students at Devon Forest Elementary School are doing their part to help save the world one bottle and can at a time.
The Recycling Club at the school is in its second year and still going strong.
Jessica Berger, a fifth grade teacher at Devon Forest Elementary, said, "The Recycling Club has been an empowering experience for my kids. They realize their choices can make a difference."
As a part of the Recycling Club, students collect, weigh, and dispose of the materials that are recycled at the school. They record data about the items they collect and graph the results monthly. Students promote the recycling program to others at the school by creating advertisements, display posters, and iMovie videos. Those who participate also assisted administrators at the school's Meet Our School parent event by working at a recycling booth, educating parents about recycling and the benefits associated with it.
April Ash, a fifth grade teacher at the school, said, "Kids need real-world experiences – like they get in Recycling Club – to make math come to life."
To participate in the Recycling Club, students must complete an application and be willing to sacrifice some of their time. The fifth grade students who participate conduct research about recycling and create children's books to read to the Kindergarten students at the school. This year, some students will conduct an independent study project comparing Mix Waste Processing to recycling. They also will create fliers and electronic surveys about recycling for parents to complete.
The recycling program at Devon Forest was created last year by a dedicated team of teachers who wrote a DHEC grant to obtain funding for the school.
The money the school received from the DHEC grant was used to pay for the dumpster and monthly collection, smaller bins for each classroom, promotional t-shirts as well as other items.
Thanks to the students' hard work, the school won third place in the Berkeley County Kids Who Care Environmental Project Competition.