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BEE GREEN AT DPS




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DPS RECYCLING PROGRAM

HISTORY
Recycle Here! has worked in the Detroit Public Schools since 2007. The partnership,
developed with the Office of Math and Science, has reached over 25,000 students.

Recycle Here! supplied each school with an educational package that included a kick off
rally with mascot Bee Green, aluminum tokens, posters, labels and an educational video
tailored to the students for teachers to use in the program. Schools collected recyclable
materials, which were then picked up by Recycle Here! Additionally, each pickup included
a lesson taught by the Recycle Here! team to a focused class. Schools participated in a
competition based on participation, organization, and various activities. The winning school
received a cash prize and a mural by local Detroit artist, Carl Oxley III.

The overall focus of the program was to teach the students and their families about how we
recycle in the City of Detroit. Curriculum included visiting their neighborhood recycling center,
understanding how Detroit processes solid waste and how they can make changes in their
home life to reduce their impact on the environment.

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THEIR VOICES
Mykah, 4th grade: “Thanks for teaching us how to recycle!”
Brian M., 5th grade: “We learned that our trash goes to landfills and incinerators.”
7th grade class: “Thank you for teaching us how much money and resources are wasted
with unneeded packaging.”

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TEACHERS
Laura Speegle, Nolan Prep Academy: “The benefit to the students was amazing. The
students learned a lot and enjoyed the program! They have turned into environmental stewards.”

Mrs. Vyas, Emerson Elementary School: “Students learned #1&2 plastics and taught their parents. The students enjoyed (the program) and went home and “taught (their families), still excited about program.”

Macell Myers, Clara Rutherford Academy: “Our students benefited by being aware that they can help the earth now, as children, and that their part is valuable.”

And more: “it is a wonderful way for families to see that the decisions that they make about everyday items affect our environment and that they have a role in how our environment will
end up. That by taking the time to reduce the amount of trash that they are putting out, they
can make a difference.”

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2010 SPONSORED DPS RECYCLING PROGRAM

A-ShirtBag has found five major sponsors to fund recycling in five Detroit public schools.
Optik Birmingham is sponsoring Spain School, Inn Season Cafe is sponsoring Logan
School, The Motown Museum in Detroit is sponsoring Hutchins School, Detroit’s Russell
Street Café is sponsoring Edison School and Avalon Bakery is sponsoring Burton School.

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MOVING FORWARD
In summer of 2010, Recycle Here! supported development of an affiliate nonprofit, called
Green Living Science, to increase the scope of educational programming. Green Living
Science curriculum is applicable for education sessions and workshops in other school
districts, as well as for adult education.


WHAT WE CAN TEACH
Green Living Science is focused on increasing scientific literacy - the “ability to use scientific knowledge and processes to understand the natural world and to participate in decisions that affect it (in three main areas – science in life and health, science in Earth and environment,
and science and technology.)”

An essential component of Green Living Science education programming is drawing
connections between individual decision-making, municipal waste issues, and environmental
health. Students learn about the sources of materials that we use in our daily lives and the differences between renewable and nonrenewable sources. Discussing material use in a
broad sense, not simply recyclable materials, increases student awareness of materials and
consumption. They are encouraged to become responsible individuals, understanding their
impact as well as their power to protect the environment.

Each school receives a full school assembly, broadly engaging the entire student body.
Green Living Sciences returns to teach three science lessons to a specific class, bringing in
more advanced topics. Resources are available to those students who wish to learn more about
the environment, green jobs, biology, sustainability, or any of the topics covered by GLS.