5th Grade Recycling
On November 14th, coincidentally also America Recycles Day, the Lane County Conservation District delivered 10 donated large recycle bins to the Dighton Elementary 5th grade students. As part of their Project Based Learning (PBL) curriculum, the 5th graders chose a project to reduce their garbage footprint. Following an inspirational field trip to the Lane County Recycle Center, they narrowed their focus to recycling! According to Mrs. Vogel, the PBL teacher, the students really took off with the project to make it their own. They even go to the extremes of “dumpster diving” when they see recycling items not being recycled and choosing paper over Styrofoam cups when visiting the Kwik Shop! They have created their own recycle center in an unused room at the school, where they sort and prepare the items to go to recycling. They also have shared their knowledge to the other kids at school by teaching them what items are recyclable and how they can also reduce their garbage footprints! Mrs. Vogel plans to help them write a grant to the Kansas Green Schools organization to help further fund their aspirations! The hope to raise enough money to increase the recycling efforts at the high school by purchasing larger garbage/recycling bins to be placed in the commons and concession stand areas.
The Lane County Conservation District commends these young, aware conservationists for their hard work and efforts for our environment!