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  • 2018-2019

    Eco-School Student Meeting

     On June 6th., the Eco-School’s Student Panel was back in action to brainstorm new ways to save energy. They are excited to try walking, riding their bikes, and riding scooters to get around locally instead of using cars to help reduce their environmental waste and save energy. We hope that all parents will help our student’s carry out these initiatives over the warmer months.  The student panel also chose next year’s schoolwide initiative to explore Biodiversity. The students will be learning about animals and plants next year to further understand the world around them and how they can help our eco-systems thrive. We are extremely excited to start this new endeavor. We hope all our past and future students are ready to dive into these new topics in September 2019!  


    ECO-School USA Silver Award

    On June 6, 2019 our school was recognized once again for our hard-work in implementing a recycling and energy conservation program with an Eco-Schools USA Silver Award! The students continue to work together to help our environment and help save the planet.

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    Eco-School Student Meeting

    On April 1, 2019 we held our first student based Eco-School committee meeting. The students were chosen by their teachers to represent their homeroom and discuss our school initiative to help the environment. The students then went back to their classrooms and shared what they learned at the meeting. It was a great experience and excellent way to hear what the children are learning and what they want to see in their future.

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    ECO-School USA Bronze Award

    On March 20th., our school was recognized for our hard-work in implementing a recycling program with a very prestigious Eco-Schools USA Bronze Award! We are very proud of our students and staff for their determination to help the environment. We are working on achieving the Eco-Schools USA Silver Award by reducing our energy consumption. Please help us at home by turning off lights and electronic devices when they are not in use and stressing the importance of saving energy with your children. We will continue to recycle everyday in our schools and continue spreading the word about our initiatives throughout the community. Thank you for all your support and everything you do to help educate our young learners to respect and care for the environment.

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    Waste Audit

    Our initiative set forth by the students and Eco-School Committee, to begin recycling has shown great progress. After this month’s consumption and waste audit we found that we have successfully reduced our waste by 214.24 pounds! We also collected over 240 pounds of recyclable materials during the week of December 3, 2018.We are extremely pleased and excited with our progress. Our community of students, parents and staff are making great strides towards helping reduce our waste and teach our young learners the importance of working together to save the planet.

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    Recycling Manager

    October 31, 2018

    Our school-wide recycling program has begun. Each classroom has assigned a helper job for a classroom Recycling Manager. The students are using bins that have been donated to sort and collect paper, plastic, and cans. The Recycling Manager helps the students sort the materials and is also in charge of bringing the recyclables out for the custodial staff to collect outside each classroom door. We are very proud of our progress and the responsibility we are instilling in our students to help the planet and our environment. Our recycling schedule follows the city of Elizabeth’s recycling pick-ups. Every Tuesday afternoon we have begun bringing out our recycling. We rotate paper and plastic every other week.

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     ''We Will Recycle''

    October 18, 2018

    School #51’s teachers, staff and students are going Green! Our Eco-School Committee is dedicated to the National Wildlife Federations initiative to teach our youngest learners about helping the environment. We chose a pathway that includes teaching the students to reduce, reuse and recycle materials to lower our school’s consumption. We have received donations of recycling bins for each classroom through Donor’s Choose and The Union County Freeholders. It is our goal to have every student take part in our school’s recycling program and learn how their actions impact our environment. Please visit the NWF’s Eco-School’s website to learn more about the journey that we are embarking on together with the student’s and the community. https://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA.aspx


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     "Green Team" Recycling Program

    The “Green Team” - Eco-School Committee began auditing the school on June 18, 2018 to see just how “green” we really are. Each classroom was introduced to the importance of taking care of our school and our community by wasting less and recycling more. The students began the journey by collecting all the garbage they produced in the classroom throughout the day in one large trash receptacle.  Then we weighed our receptacles to see how much garbage we accumulated in one day.  Now the students will be encouraged to implement and use their own recycling program every day in the classroom. At the end of the 2018-2019 school year we will weigh our trash again to see if we are producing less waste after we have implemented our own recycling programs.


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