Windsor Middle School students are learning the importance of recycling thanks to the students in the school’s life skills class. Students go to classes once a week to collect paper, plastics and cans and drop them in the recycling site behind the school.
Life skills teacher Kate Duff said eight of the students have been recycling all year so it wasn’t just an Earth Day project from last week. The students hit the sixth-grade classes on Tuesdays, seventh-graders on Wednesdays and eighth-grade classes on Thursdays during the last period of the day to pick up the recyclables in containers and carts.
Shane Sorrentino, 12, was all smiles when talking about his recycling duties.
“I like to take the cans to the dump and the paper, too,” Shane said.
Michelle Ruiz, 14, said it’s important that kids her age recycle.
“It makes the Earth happy so the birds will have fun roaming around without garbage around them,” Michelle said. “We get to use the recycling carts to walk around the hallways to go to each class.”
Principal Eric Johnson said the recycling campaign has gone well.
“We’re trying to teach kids about the importance of conserving resources and making sure they understand that not everything is disposable all the time,” Johnson said. “It’s something they hear about in the mainstream news a lot, and they see it from mom and dad, and as teachers we’re trying to reaffirm to them that there is a tremendous amount of value to that because of limited resources. It’s important for them to understand some of those decisions they make about things they throw away versus things they recycle. To see them be excited about it is pretty cool.”
Duff, in her first year at Windsor Middle School, said the students recycled last year, too.
“It seemed to work well. People were asking when school started if we were going to continue to do it this year, so I think it was pretty successful,” Duff said. “I think it’s really important. I think the kids need to be taught at this age to be good stewards with the Earth.”
“It makes the Earth happy so the birds will have fun roaming around without garbage around them. We get to use the recycling carts to walk around the hallways to go to each class.
Windsor Middle School student