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Rocky River Goes Green

Our new recycled material picnic tables

Rocky River Elementary staff and students do what they can to have a "green school". We are proud of our Recycling Roadrunners, a group consisting of 4th graders, who collect paper and plastic from classrooms that can be sent out to the recycling center.

Over the years, the school has earned money for participating in this recycling program. Together, with that fund, as well as a donation from the school's PTA, we were able to purchase four picnic tables to put outside the cafeteria for outdoor seating. Earlier in the year the PTA held a fundraiser selling Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and part of the proceeds of this fundraiser went to school beautification efforts such as this.

What makes these picnic tables so special is that they are extremely durable and eco-friendly as they are made from recycled material. The students are excited that they not only have an outdoor eating area but they are being environmentally friendly in the process. The picnic tables can be used for more than just eating though. A 4th grade class used the tables during their reading lesson and after-school used the picnic tables during homework time.

In addition to recycling paper and plastics, students are also recycling Frito-Lay chip bags. Students love that they can help the environment simply by placing paper, plastic, or chip bags in the designated bins. They know that it is their responsibility to help make our planet a better place.

Written by: Heather Shulman, Instructional Assistant-Media Center
Posted: May 04, 2011 by Kristin Wiese

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