OPES Environmental Club Newsletter

September 15, 2014

Take a look at pictures from our first meeting!

Thursday, September 18th

We have several things planned for our meeting this week. Students will finish their painted shoes to promote International Walk to School Day--OPES' "Talons to the Turf!" to be held on October 8th! The final product will be displayed at school!

1. Have your child find items that they would like to use to decorate their shoe. We have encouraged them to pick a theme. Get creative! For example,

  • old discarded legos
  • silk flowers and leaves
  • random hardware pieces--washers, nails, bolts, etc
  • water bottle/coke bottle labels/candy wrappers
  • yarn pieces
  • fabric pieces

Please send their items in a baggie. Keep in mind, we will have items that students can use as well.

2. Second, we will also have the students create posters and and create a short infomercial to advertise the event!

International Walk to School Day--October 8th

South Carolina has achieved the highest participation rate in the Nation for International Walk to School Day for two years in a row! Last year South Carolina set an all-time record with 277 events registered across the state. This surpassed the previous record by 33% with 1 in every 4 elementary and middle schools in the state participating.
International Walk to School Day

Please click the link to learn more about International Walk to School Day!

How You Can Contribute!

We Need You!

We have a large group of "environmentalists" this year and will need your help from time to time! If you are interested in assisting or if you have something to share that supports our mission, please contact a leader (see below). We hope to send a separate email with the dates soon. Thanks in advance for your help!


Recently, the OPES Environmental Club was able to drop off 6 pounds of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte! As each pound is approximately 1,267 pop tabs, we were able to donate over 7,500 pop tabs! We would like to continue to collect pop tabs this year and have joined the Million Pop Tab Challenge. Please help us by collecting pop tabs from your friends and families. Please bring to school and send to any Environmental Club Leader. Thanks so much for you help!

Fact: 1,000,000 pop tabs raises enough money for 20 free nights of lodging at a Ronald McDonald House!


Win a Recycled Bench for OPES!

Register to win a bench made from recycled materials as part of the "Give Your Garbage Another Life" campaign. If your family wins, we ask that you donate the bench to OPES and we will customize it with your family's name and the year!

Our Mission

The mission of OPES' Environmental Club is to raise awareness and educate students about current environmental issues within their community. "The Green Team" will be actively engaged in school-wide recycling programs, problem-solving activities, conducting research, and recycled art projects. Some of the programs students will be leading are:

  • B2--Breathe Better Program through DHEC
  • The Million Pop Tab Challenge through Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte
  • Crayola's Color Cycle Recycle Marker Collection
  • Recycling Program with York County Recycling
  • Working to revitalize/plant school gardens/habitats
  • Vermicomposting--fancy word for worm farms!
  • World-Wide Water Monitoring Challenge participants
  • Field Trips
  • Many other fun activities!
GOING GREEN at Orchard Park Elementary

Please click the link to see all of the things teachers and students have been doing to Go Green!

Environmental Club Leader

Please contact Mrs. Martinez with any questions. Thank you!

Environmental Club Leader

Please contact Mrs. Stephenson if you have any questions. Thank you!

Environmental Club Leader

Please contact Mrs. Babinchak with any questions. Thank you!
York County Recycling Guidebook

Please click button to learn more about specific recycling for York County.