North Shore Elementary EarlyAct is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake. EarlyAct provides opportunities for elementary students ages 5-13 in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local community and international service. The program is school-wide, so all students have an opportunity to participate. "Recycling projects fit very well into our program. The students recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans from school, their homes and as a community drop-off site. In five years 1.47 tons was diverted. Cell phones and reading eye glasses are also recycled," said Jean Brownie, Rotarian Advisor.
EarlyAct teams make up recycling education games for each classroom on the importance of "reduce, reuse and recycle" and to buy recycled products. The students and teachers are amazed at the variety of things being remade.
With the recycling funds EarlyAct purchased/donated:
- to the Haiti earthquake relief fund,
- art supplies,
- two picnic tables used for tutoring and small meetings,
- personal notes,
- desk items for teacher appreciation,
- and P.E. and recess equipment, (see photo).
"We want to thank the San Bernardino County Solid Waste Management Division, for supporting our recycling program," said Pat Elbert, Faculty Advisor.
North Shore elementary has collected 3072lbs of recyclables since starting their CRV collection 2004.
"Wow, so much stuff gets made from recycled materials"
"All these things could be made from bottles?"