SA combines technology and recycling

Starkville Academy second graders found a fun way to turn their technology lesson into a way to help their school go green.
As part of the elementary technology curriculum, second graders learn how to make a flyer in the computer program called Print Shop.
They learn how to make interesting and colorful graphics on their fliers, and they design the fliers themselves to add their own personal touches. The classes decided to make recycling fliers to be placed around the school.
Traditionally, the flier is all that is required of the students, but this year’s second graders felt that a flier just wasn’t enough. Instead, they wanted their fliers to inspire a school-wide recycling effort.
“They second graders were the ones who decided to do the recycling project,” said Lainie Anthony, elementary computer teacher. “They also checked out library books about recycling and did their accelerated reading test on it.”
The students researched recycling, and decided in initiate an aluminum can and plastic bottle. Then they got to work gathering boxes in which to collect the recyclables, they hung signs around the schools and placed the boxes in all high-traffic areas of the building so that all students could get involved.
“One thing they learned when they were doing their research is that a person generates 1,000 pounds of trash a year,” Anthony explained. “Then they did the math and figured out that at seven years old, they’ve generated 7,000 pounds of trash themselves and that really got them motivated to make a difference.”
Also during their research, the students learned that it takes 400 years for an aluminum can to disintegrate, but it only takes 30 days to recycle it and return it to a grocery store shelf, Anthony said.
For the month of October, the second grade recycling project will go on throughout the school. The second graders will be in charge of collecting all the recyclables and counting them out to see how much they collected, which integrates math into their technology lesson.
“They have a global awareness of their place in the world, and they know that even at their age, they can make a difference,” Anthony said. “They’re learning that this is a project everyone can do.”