Can't-miss events, environmental education gone right, and volunteer ideas in this issue of Bin Thinking.
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June 2016

A Message from Jane

As the school year draws to a close, why not make plans to make less end-of-year trash at your school this year? Some schools label containers and ask students and staff to deposit usable but unwanted school supplies to store away for students next year or donate. 

In This Issue

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling


June 10

Deadline to Register for the Environmental Education Association of SC (EEASC) Summer Conference

Come celebrate 100 years of America’s National Parks and learn how to use what national and state parks have to offer – and how educators and students can effect positive change with native and invasive species.

Event date: June 13 and 14
Location: Congaree National Park

June 13

Free SC Green Step School Training

Location: Congaree National Park 

You can RSVP for the event or sign up as part of the EEASC Conference.

June 15

Deadline to register for  DHEC’s “Take Action Today” Workshop and SC Green Step Awards Presentations

Event date: June 23
Location: Seawell's in Columbia

June 22

Deadline for online registration for the American Horticulture Society’s Youth Gardening Symposium

Event date: July 13-16
Location: Columbia, SC.


Richland Recycles Day

Nearly 300 students learned how to be Eco Heroes at the Richland Recycles Day Education Event on May 13. Both students and teachers made their own eco hero capes. Pictured is Samantha Yager, City of Columbia’s Recycling Coordinator, dressed up as an Eco Hero’s enemy… A Plastic Bag Villain! 

A big thanks to the teachers and parents who brought the students, and a huge team of Environmental Educators who taught them! Thanks also to Richland County Solid Waste and Recycling for sponsoring this annual event, and Richland County Waste Haulers for donating $2,500 to each participating School District for their Snack Pack programs. 

Richland County Conservation Poster Contest

Seventeen Richland County students and three schools have received awards in this year’s Conservation Poster Contest, sponsored by Richland Soil and Water Conservation District. Student posters addressed the topic “We All Need Trees,” raising awareness about the importance of trees to people, wildlife, the environment and the economy. Congratulations to all the winners, and many thanks to everyone who participated!

Lexington County Highway Signage

Watch for some new highway signs in Lexington County, reminding people that we all live in water sheds that need protection. These beautiful signs were designed by Lexington County students from Batesburg Leesville Middle School and River Bluff High School, an SC Green Step School. The design contest was sponsored by the Lexington County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Need Volunteers at Your School?

Need more volunteers? You might try recruiting Foster Grandparents. Heyward Career and Technology Center in Columbia, an SC Green Step School, recently honored Inez Speaks, who has been volunteering with special-needs students for 20 hours a week for 20 years. Now 80 years old, Inez still loves volunteering as a “Foster Grandparent” – a program of Senior Resources in Richland School District One. 
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