Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Our Trash, Our Choices Challenge Hits Memorial School

This morning Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek from the Burlington Science Center made their way to Memorial School to meet with the entire student body about their habits discarding their trash during lunch.  Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek had confiscated the trash bags from the lunch room yesterday and today they returned to dump out the contents and do a little digging to see if the students had some solutions that would lead to less waste. 

The presentation started with the video above and following the video student volunteers were selected by Mr. Musselman to help sort the trash. 

The students donned there trash-sorting gear below and helped dump out the trash from Monday's lunch.

The students were then asked to sort the trash into the following three categories:
  1. Recycling
  2. Food Waste
  3. Trash

Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek let the students know that the weight of all of the trash on Monday was 103 pounds (shown in the slide below) and that the goal for the remainder of the week would be to lower the number of trash each day.  They discussed the items that should be placed in each of the non-trash categories to help lower the total weight. In addition, permanent recycling bins have been ordered to help encourage students to think twice about what they put in the trash. Additionally, students were asked to consider ways to lessen the amount of food that is thrown away.

Stay tuned for the results from the Our Trash, Our Choices Challenge at Memorial during the remainder of the week and thanks to Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek for helping to reinforce the importance of making positive choices to support our community and our world!

For all of the great resources that have been pulled together for this challenge be sure to check out the Science Center's post on this topic.

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