OPES Environmental Club Newsletter
September 29, 2014
Thursday, October 2nd
We are looking forward to another meeting this Thursday afternoon! We will learn about the following:
1. What is DHEC's Breathe Better B2 Program?
"Breathe Better is an anti-idling/clean air campaign. The goal is to protect the health of children by reducing harmful vehicle emissions around school campuses." Students will learn about air pollution and develop strategies and solutions for reducing emissions at OPES. In fact, we already have some students working on a video to teach the OPES family about the program!
2. What is vermicomposting?
Students will also begin to learn about worms and their importance to the decomposition process. Students will also see a classroom worm farm (vermicomposting) to prepare for our October 18th meeting. Barbara O'Connell, with York County Soil and Water Conservation, will be joining us to help set up other classroom bins for various grade levels. We are excited about having our students take the lead on this project!
Paint the Rock! "Talons to the Turf"
Tuesday, Oct. 7th, 2:45-3:30pm
474 3rd Baxter St
Fort Mill, SC
SInce this event is an additional Environmental Club date, can you please RSVP below that your child will be attending? In addition, if you have an old paint brush or two lying around the house and were going to throw it out anyway, please consider sending it in for us to use!
Also, a very special thank you to Lisa Conlon for going over to the recycling center on Hwy. 160 and collecting discarded, free paint for us! We really appreciate all of the pretty colors!
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
"Talons to the Turf" International Walk to School Day--October 8th
Please click the link to learn more about International Walk to School Day!
How You Can Contribute!
We Need You!
Fact: 1,000,000 pop tabs raises enough money for 20 free nights of lodging at a Ronald McDonald House!
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!
- 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!
Please click the link to see all of the things teachers and students have been doing to Go Green!