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Inspiring student stories and upcoming events in this issue of Bin Thinking. 
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March 2017

A Note from Jane

Nothing is as hopeful as seeing young citizens working to make positive changes in the world around them. We're dedicating this issue to exploring some inspiring examples of this in our community. 
 
Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

Preschool Spotlight
K-12 Spotlight
College Spotlight
Green Step Reminder
Events
SPOTLIGHTS

Preschool Student Teaches Others How to Recycle

Recently 4-year-old Avery TooGood visited the Sonoco Recycling Education Center with his parents. After his visit, Avery’s mother, Kim, says he taught their neighbors and his classmates at Shandon Baptist Preschool how to “recycle right.”

K-12 Students Take Plarning to a New Level

Kindergarten students at Dutch Fork Elementary’s Academy of Environmental Science learned to make plarn (plastic bag yarn.) They passed their huge balls of plarn on to Columbia’s “Operation Bed Roll” crochet team, which is turning the plarn into bedrolls for Columbia’s unsheltered population. Hear the students talk about their experience
 
And… Dutch Fork High School’s “Job Training” students have completed 5 bedrolls and have 3 more under construction. WOW!
 
Other local schools on board with this project include: Barclay School, Bridge Creek Elementary School, Chapin Middle School, Irmo Elementary School, Irmo Middle School, Joseph Keels Elementary School, Killian Elementary School, Meadow Glen Elementary School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Rice Creek Elementary School.
 
If your school is participating or would like to, contact jane.hiller@sonoco.com

College Students Attend Class at Sonoco

Many students from Midlands Tech, USC and Columbia College attend recycling/sustainability classes both on campus and here at Sonoco Recycling’s Education Center and then sign up to volunteer at events in our community.

The next volunteer opportunity is recycling at the International Festival
March 31-April 2.
Volunteer

Green Step School Reminders

March 15
Mentor reports due

March 31
Don't forget to schedule your spring meeting with your mentor during April!

June 20
DHEC's Take Action Today's annual workshop SC Green Step School Awards will be presented. 

EEASC Reminders

June 1 

EEASC Mini Grant applications due

June 9-11
Join other environmental educators for a Lowcountry learning experience that you can translate back into standards-based lessons with students. 
EEASC Annual Conference
Location: 
Beaufort, SC

 

Get All the Details
EVENTS

March Events

March 6

Operation Bed Roll "Plarn Party"

Time: 3:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
Location: Irmo Elementary School
 

March 9

Operation Bed Roll "Plarn, Crochet and Quilt Party"

Time: 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.
Location: Edventure Museum

March 9

"In the know to Grow...Sips, Snacks and Soil"

Location: Gardner's Outpost
Learn about the foundation of a great garden soil!

March 11

Lexington County Electronic Recycle and Paper Shred Event

Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Leesville at Southern Tool Works parking lot

Get a list of accepted materials.
 

March 14

EEASC/Green Step Workshop "Make & Take" Solar Ovens
Make two...one for yourself and one for a class who attends “Richland Recycles Education Day” on May 12. 
Location: Sonoco Recycling
RSVP: jane.hiller@sonoco.com

 

March 18

Project Learning Tree - Project WILD 

Location: River Oaks, Honea Path, SC        ​
Contact: wildinsc2012@gmail.com or MSchnabel@scfc.gov

March 21


Rain Garden for Educators

Location: Lake Carolina Elementary School
Details and registration





 

March 22

Book Signing with Andrew Drew Lanham

SC Wildlife Federation’s book signing event with Author Drew Lanham, an ornithologist, conservationist and advocate for the importance of diversifying the conservation movement.  
Details: Learn more.

 

April Events

April 1-May 1

Keep the Midlands Beautiful Shoe Drive

Start collected unwanted shoes at your school this month to donate for our annual shoe drive. 

 

April 10

Entries due for the 2017 Conservation Poster Contest

This year's theme is "Healthy Soils are Full of Life." 

Get the details.

April 29

Fifth Annual Mini Maker Faire at Edventure Museum

A chance for your students (and others) to demonstrate and sell items they are making.

Learn more.
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