The new year wound down Week 1 with a school-wide assembly about our awesome recycling system. IPCS' wonderful School Services Coordinator asked me way back in the beginning of summer to create a game/presentation that would introduce recyling IPCS style, so that's exactly what I was up doing until midnight on Thursday's eve.
I couldn't let the opportunity go by without infiltrating the masses with some info about WHY we recycle. Why we recycle just happens to be inextricable linked to our school's new, two-year theme - survival. I fascilitated questions about where, why, what plastic, paper, aluminum, and capri-suns we recycle talk-show style, darting around to students so they could rock the mike with brilliant answers.
I asked the audience, "Why do we recycle aluminum?" Answers ranged from "because it's good for the Earth" to "so we don't have to use new stuff." While their answer's content was solid, I dream of hearing, "We recycle aluminum because using already mined and combined aluminum ingredients consumes 95% less energy and prevents new natural resources from being extracted and manufactured."
I asked the entire school body, "Why do we recycle paper?" A brand new first-grade boy said into the mic: "So we can plant a money tree and get money" Giggles. I said, "Exactly. We need many of those." I asked again, "Where does paper come from? What is it made from?" Answer: "Trees. Paper is made from trees."
"And why are trees so important for survival?" I could see light bulbs going off above many heads. Answers: "Because they clean our air." "Trees help us breathe." I followed up with, "So when we recycle we let the trees live and use trees that have already been harvested. Right?"
After the question segment, time for a fun activity 7/8 graders made up last year. Students loved The Recycling Game again. I placed students in four lines of six, each with a tin of trash, then the school's recycling bins in front, facing the audience. Recyclers had to pick up a trash item and run to place it in the propper recepticle. They asked the audience for help if they needed it. Everyone was shouting about where to recycle what while Gloria Geynor's "I will survive" made at least the adults groove.
When the recyling assembly was all over, I didn't know how it went. The kids were amazingly attentive; curious minds or deep first week of school depression? I've had three parents say they learned alot and my boss said it was "a good assembly Krista." Of course, I couldn't help but think of a few things I could have done better. Can't wait for next year.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.