Eighth graders start recycling program

Attention all businesses and users of electronics – the Bowling Green Middle School eighth graders are busy learning how to help make “Everyday Earth Day” by launching a new recycling program this fall.

This year, they are able to help raise money for their Eco-Detectives class by recycling the following materials: cell phones, small electronics such as MP3’s, GPS devices, Ipods, laptops, and digital cameras, ink cartridges, and laser cartridges – but none with toner tubes.

In Eco-Detectives, students learn about resources, recycling, global warming, and human’s impact on the environment.

The eighth graders ask that when people come across the above-listed items, whether they are old, broken, or just not used anymore, to bring them to the middle school office.

Turning these items in will keep them out of landfills.  The students will be sorting and packaging the items, which will be shipped and sold. Money raised will go towards buying books and funding future lab projects for the kids. They are planning a pizza party for a wrap up session as well.

Science teacher Carey Scherder came up with the idea to start the project this fall.  She is passionate about recycling and said the students are fired up as well.

“They are becoming more aware than they used to be, it seems,” Scherder said.

She pointed out how important it is to recycle those particular items because toxins in them, such as mercury, can seep out and get into the water supply and can potentially cause birth defects.

Collection of material starts now and will run through the end of the school year.

Principal Kim Pafford praised the science teacher’s efforts.

“Mrs. Scherder has been working on recycling efforts within our building for several years.  She works hard to raise awareness about the positive effects of recycling and conservation with her students and her colleagues.”

For more information or with questions about the program, contact Scherder at Bowling Green Middle School or email her at cscherde@bgschools.k12.mo.us.


Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm