Educational Activities and School Recycling Program
The Defiance County Environmental & Administrative Services office gives environmental/recycling presentations to all Defiance County Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade classes. In 2015-2016, presentations were given to 1446 students, 531 Kindergarten students, 501 Second Grade students and 414 Fourth Grade students which covered 9 Defiance County schools.
The presentations are geared to the age group. Kindergarten presentations are normally conducted in March and April of each year. We give a short discussion on litter and recycling using a recycled book bag filled with recyclables. The presenter assists the students to make an earth bracelet. The bracelet consists of an elastic string and six different colored beads. Each bead represents something in our environment such as brown for dirt, green for the earth, etc. After the bracelets are made everyone talks about the colors and what they represent. In addition to the bracelet, goodies such as coloring books, recycling stickers, notepads, litter bags, pens, rulers, etc. are handed out to each student and teacher.
The presentations for the 2nd grade classes include an activity called ‘Fishing for Litter Habits’. The students join in by fishing for labeled fish with litter habits and deciding as group if the habit is a good litter habit or a bad litter habit. This presentation also includes a lively discussion about litter and recycling.
The 4th graders participate in a hands-on activity called ‘Mining for Natural Resources’. This is an activity in which the students are given a chocolate chip cookie and must mine using a toothpick (our form of a pick-ax) for chocolate chips (natural resources) without creating more waste. The less waste that is created through mining, saves the earth from land and air pollution. There is also a stimulating discussion on how mining uses the earth’s natural resources and how recycling saves the earth from additional mining.
Presentations for the 2nd and 4th graders are usually done between February and April. The Defiance County Environmental and Administrative Services has been educating students about litter and recycling for several years. In addition to elementary schools, presentations can be adapted for preschools in the County even adults find it enjoyable and interesting! If you would like more information regarding a presentation, please contact the Defiance County Environmental and Administrative Services office at (419) 782-5442.
Lynn Bishop, Defiance County Environmental Services School Specialist, gets involved with teaching the students to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
All schools and school buildings in the County have a paper recycling program in place. The Defiance County Environmental and Administrative Services Office provides boxes to all schools to collect recyclable paper. Some schools have internal programs where they collect and transport their own paper. Several schools are provided with Mighty-Tidy containers from Werlor and we offer transportation of recycled paper to the Werlor facility. This program is a win-win situation for everyone involved.
For more information on educational events, please review the calendar of events on our web site or contact Defiance County Environmental Services at (419) 782-5442 for more information on all of our recycling programs.