William O. Schaefer Elementary School’s Earth Kids are on a mission: To create a healthier environment for people and animals by promoting recycling.

The Earth Kids enrichment program was launched earlier this school year by Library Media Specialist Ms. Patty Eyer and special education teacher Ms. Heidi Hill to educate and engage students in caring for the world around them. “We’ve been re-teaching our building how to recycle,” explains Ms. Hill. “We realized that there was confusion about recycling, so we collected all the classroom bins and Earth Kids members made a how-to video that was shared school-wide. Bins were returned once classes viewed the video and signed a recycling pledge.”

WOS custodian John Zarcone has also gotten involved, working with the company that cleans the school after-hours to ensure that recycling is disposed of properly.

“We’re looking to ‘grow’ our recycling effort into the cafeteria,” says Ms. Eyer. “And I’d love to use our school garden to teach Earth Kids about composting.”

Earth Kids’ efforts extend beyond the school, as well. Their bottle collection bin in the school entryway has raised $40 for Hi Tor Animal Care Center and families helped out on February 13, converting recyclable plastic bags into “plarn” jump ropes for the school’s Jump Rope for Heart event, which benefits the American Heart Association. (“Plarn” is short for “plastic yarn,” which is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, which are then strung together into a single, long strand.)

Earth Kids meets Tuesdays at 8:15am, and is open to all WOS students. If your child would like to get involved, please email Ms. Eyer ([email protected]) or Ms. Hill ([email protected]).

For more photos, view the district Facebook post.

WOS Earth Kids club kicks off meeting with yoga Parent, with Earth Kids members, make plarn jumpropes

Mother and daughter making plarn jumprope at WOS Earth Kids meeting Mother and students making plarn at WOS Earth Kids meeting

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