Mothers Unite has implemented a recycling project for the students, serving as both a way to teach our students about sustainability and beautifying the Lavender Hill area. Each Friday, the children bring bags of recycling filled with plastic bottles and jugs, corrugated cardboard, and newspaper. Each child’s recycling is weighed and the children receive a point for every kilogram weighed in.
At the end of the month, we host a “shopping day.” Items for “sale” range from health items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant) to school items (pencils, pens, calculators, rulers, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils) and play items (soccer balls, dolls, toy cars). Each item costs a certain amount of points, which are allocated to the students based on their recycling totals.
The recycling program has been immensely successful and has demonstrated our ideal of “Urban Acupuncture.” Each Friday, many students arrive with parents and family members. The students’ recycling efforts are having a large effect on the Lavender Hill community.