Up-cycle, recycle and conserve energy during the holiday season!
The 6th Annual Green Holiday event was fun and educational! We set up booths for TCHS students to create ornaments and holiday decorations out of aluminum soda cans, plastic bottles and paper from magazines. We showed fellow students how to up-cycle maps, paper bags and newspaper to wrap gifts. We also had displays that taught about recycling aluminum, conserving energy with LED lights, how to compute your ecological footprint, and how to make ornaments from aluminum, paper, and plastic items like drinking straws, water bottles and spoons.
During December service learning students made ornaments from magazines, Capri Sun pouches, plastic products, cardboard, bottle caps and more. We sponsored a contest to see who could make the most creative and appealing ornament or decoration from up-cycled materials. Students made reindeer from cork stoppers and wire; gifts bags from woven plastic coke bottle labels; paper stars from magazines; and snow globes from glass jars and up-cycled decorations.
|A gift bag made from up-cycled plastic Coke labels and|
a reindeer from corks and wire.
The American Sign Language students added to the festivities by signing holiday songs. The SGA provided the sound system and DJ attracting more students to the event.
|ASL students signed holiday songs.|
During our studies, as service learning students we got to determine our ecological footprints. An ecological footprint determines your individual impact on the environment. How much land and sea do you use to sustain your life style? How does your waste impact the environment? You can find out by taking the Ecological Footprint Quiz at http://www.myfootprint.org/.
Service Learning Council students analyzed their ecological footprints and created a plan to reduce them. We will be car pooling more, developing recycling plans for our households, bicycling instead of driving, and making a conscious effort to turn off lights and reduce water consumption. A few of us are even starting small gardens. Every week we will be logging our environmental efforts and activities. On Earth Day in April 2014, we will retake the ecological footprint quiz to see if our efforts had an impact on reducing our footprints. We invite you to join us in this activity!