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Windsor Charter Academy students paint special event recycling can for town of Windsor

Recycling in Windsor

The town of Windsor has a recycling center which is open to the public during daylight hours every day at 801 Diamond Valley Drive.

For more information about Windsor’s recycling center, including a list of which items are accepted, go online to http://www.windsorgov.com/1006/Recycling-Center.

Three Windsor Charter Academy students knelt on painting tarps Thursday morning as their brushes brought to life fantastical trees on a green metal barrel.

The service project was a part of the charter academy's second annual leadership skills workshop, this year at the Windsor Readiness Center, 31725 Great Western Drive.

Windsor officials plan to use that barrel and the four others painted that morning as special recycling cans for local events, such as Fourth of July celebrations or the Harvest Festival, said James Johnson, a parks technician with the town of Windsor.

Last year the town put recycling cans next to the trashcans at the Harvest Festival, he said. That worked well, but the town didn't have any recycling cans of its own and had to rent them.

“Theoretically, these kids could come back in 10 years and see what they have done on display around town,” James JohnsonParts technician with the town of Windsor.

When charter academy officials asked the town for service project ideas, someone suggested the students help make the town its own unique and colorful recycling cans, Johnson said.

"Theoretically, these kids could come back in 10 years and see what they have done on display around town," he said.

New Belgium Brewing Company donated the barrels, Johnson said, and thirteen students decorated each of the five barrels with their own theme — trees, flowers, sports, recyclables and seasons — during the charter academy's fifth-grade leadership workshop.

Each team of charter academy students spent several hours designing and painting the barrels. Some problems arose as teams made mistakes and team members had different ideas about how to paint their barrels.

Those difficult moments gave the students a chance to practice working together and focusing on using the "growth mindset" their leadership workshop focused on, said Michelle Ammirati, charter academy fifth grade student council advisor.

Through the day, students learned about the importance of trying, failing and learning from their failures, accepting new ideas and trying again, Ammirati said.

"Having a growth mindset has been a theme for fifth grade students (at the charter academy) all year," she said.

Ammirati also said she hopes the workshop, and the service project, teaches students how to work through frustration by learning from their mistakes and staying open to new ideas. Plus, painting the town's new recycling cans let the students give back to the community.