Benjamin Baneker Elementary School, St. Mary’s County, Susan Parlett and Michelle Groft
Our school was contacted by Habitat For Humanity and asked to participate in a can recycling program. The cans that the students turned in are recycled and the money is used to buy supplies for Habitat For Humanity. As of April, Banneker students have collected 622 pounds of cans.
Our project met environmental and health needs and helped families in the St. Mary’s County community. In St. Mary’s County, there is a housing crisis for economically disadvantaged families.
1st grade VSC: Political Science:
2nd grade VSC: People Affect the Environment:
3rd grade VSC: Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order:
We met to discuss incentives to help motivate the children to collect more cans. Over time, more students were involved with collecting the cans before and after school. Mrs. Parlett talked to students on the morning announcements to help motivate and let students know their progress.
Different students would volunteer to collect cans weekly. Students encouraged family members to recycle and make recycling a part of their life.
Habitat For Humanity
Mrs. Parlett had weekly communication with Habitat For Humanity. Mrs. Parlett coordinated how, where, and when to pick up cans. Habitat For Humanity supplied us with grade level bins and bags for the cans.
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