Wednesday, June 09, 2010


(This entry was sent in by Mr. Richardson, 5th grade teacher at Walnut.)

On Thursday, June 3rd, fifth grade students from all three elementary schools in the district met at West End to celebrate the completion of a science unit on Environmental Education. The celebration, Reuse-A-Palooza, allowed these fifth graders to become more aware of ways in which the world can reuse, reduce, and recycle products. The objective was to create and advertise a product, made from recyclable materials, which could be useful in everyday life.

Parents, teachers, and students gathered in the West End auditorium, where projects were displayed, and ballots were cast to select the most creative, functional, and best use of recycled material project. Enrichment students, Ashley Campbell, Elese Bevelheimer, and Nate Recchia presented a Power Point on the importance of recycling. Kelsey Hoffman, Nija Spencer, Even Laneader and Naseemah Alfareh also assisted in the production of the presentation.

The event was a huge success, with over two hundred in attendance. Awards went to West End’s Tirzah McMillan, Annie Hughes, and Jada Love’s “Recyc-A-Bike,” Walnut’s Brianna Cramer and Amanda Tumolo’s “A&B Curtains,” and Evergreen’s Naquan Matthews, Shelby Turner, and Marti Salmon’s “Reuse-A-Palooza Hour Glass.” Honorable mention inventions went to West End’s Anna Schollenberger, Lauren Shamlian, and Lucienne Nowak’s “Gecko Bags,” Walnut’s Ashley Campbell, Kelly Powell, and Rebecca Rossett’s “Amaza Shelf,” and Evergreen’s Ayan Thompson, Tahi’r Roundtree, and Jennica Washington’s “Ecto Toys.” It was clear that all fifth graders learned from this meaningful experience while having fun.

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