To close out the school year the students at Latham participated in a paper recycling project during science class. We had a long discussion about how much paper we use on a daily basis (a staggering amount) and we talked about how things sent to a landfill or “dump” just sit there, while if we recycle them they are sent to a facility where they can be turned into new products. The students then collected newspapers, old worksheets, construction paper and more waste from around the school so they could recycle it into new paper. Every student was given the opportunity to create a new sheet of paper using nothing more than a blender, hot water, and a piece of screen with a frame to collect the pulp. After taking a day to dry we had a unique collection of colorful sheets of paper and a good understanding of just how easy it is to reduce waste. Hopefully now our students will think twice before tossing their paper in the trash.
"When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world."