March 2016

A Message from Jane

As spring approaches, we all start thinking about meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day. And we don’t have to wait till Earth Day to get involved -- WOW, look at all the Midlands has to offer you, your students and their families during March and April!
In this issue, you’ll find: Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling


April 8
Nominations due for Richland County Conservation Teacher and Principal of the Year.

Winners will receive cash prizes, are recognized at the SWCD’s Annual Banquet, and progress to the state competition. Nomination forms are online at

Pictured: Chantell Baker PHD, A.C. Moore Elementary School, 2015 Conservation Principal of the Year.
April 29
Last day to qualify for Green Step School awards.

Update your Green Steps webpage and host your mentors for a spring meeting prior to this date.


March 1
RETHINK Contest entries
due to
This is your last chance to submit pictures and written descriptions of milk carton animal sculptures for this fun contest! Students selected to compete will need to register to attend the contest during the Share Fair Nation at Irmo High School.

Register at

Pictured: Group project underway at Catawba Trail ES
April 8
Entries due for the spring Conservation Poster Contest.

This is open to all Richland County K-12 students. This year’s theme is “We All Need Trees.” Rules and entry forms are online at

Field Studies

March 12
Family Field Study at the SHARE FAIR Nation “STEAMosphere.”

Fun hands-on learning stations for the general public. Register to attend for free at
April 14
Final day to register for
Richland Recycles Day

The event will be held Friday, May 13 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) at the State Fair Grounds. Register to bring up to 60 Richland County 4th/5th grade students to learn how to be environmental heroes! RSVP for this free event at 576-2446 or

Service Learning Opportunities

April 1
Annual Keep the Midlands Beautiful Used Shoe Collection. This shoe drive runs April 1-May 13. Learn more.

Teacher Workshops

March 12
SHARE FAIR Nation /Professional Development by Educators for Educators.
Register to attend for free:
March 17
EEASC Teacher Tour at City Roots Farm 4-5:30 p.m.

Learn more:
March 23
Registration Deadline for Project Learning Tree New Facilitator Training.

The training will take place April 13-14 at Camp Fellowship in Waterloo, S.C.
Contact: Stephanie Kolok,
Learn more:

Community Events

April 9
Electronic and Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Paper Shredding, and Gently Used Shoe Collectio
This event will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (5503 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, S.C.)
Learn more:
April 23
Compost Sale with Compost Bin Pre-Order Pickup

Join us 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Red Bank Crossing. Compost bins should be pre-ordered, as only a limited supply will be available for purchase at the event.  
Learn more:
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