IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL DATES FOR 2014-15
October 8 - International Walk to School Day
October 14 - November 20 - Recycle Bowl Competition
November 8 - The Frisco Community Parade
November 15 - Texas Recycles Day / America Recycles Day
March 28 - 8:30-9:30pm CST – Earth Hour
April 22 - Earth Day 2014
April 25 - Arbor Day
April 25 - “Clean It and Green It” 2014
May 6 - International Bike to School Day
For more information, please contact Molly Kinson, email@example.com
KEEP UP THE "GREEN" RECYCLING WORK!
Did you know that every Frisco school has a recycling program in place, with students who perform the weekly recycling? And let’s not forget about the fearless “Green Team Leader” teacher at the helm. A special thanks also goes out to all PTA Environmental Chairs who help with recycling, in the classroom and even in the cafeteria. This is the first school year we’ve been able to recycle milk cartons at lunchtime, and many schools are already doing so! Your work each week helps to keep valuable recyclable materials out of our landfill. The things we recycle are made into new things, instead of sitting underground for hundreds or even millions of years.
Photo: "How long does it take for waste to decompose in the environment?" Provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
UPDATE ON WINTER REUSE DRIVES
REUSE A SHOE/SHARE YOUR SOLES DRIVES
Together, these schools collected MORE THAN 700 PAIRS of shoes for children and adults in need.
Ever wondered where the shoes we donate end up?
These pictures were taken in a poverty-stricken community in Guatemala. Our winter shoe drives in 2014 have made a real difference for many children there! The yellow boots are from Bledsoe Elementary, and the pink star shoes are from Isbell Elementary. The shoes we donate can help children and adults locally, in other states and even overseas!
REUSE PET ITEMS/PRESENTS FOR PETS DRIVES
Thanks to Rogers, Nichols and Hosp Elementary, the Frisco Humane Society received lots of donations of gently used (and even some brand new!) pet items during the holiday season. The homeless animals of Frisco (and the network of volunteer foster families who care for them), were very grateful!
Several Frisco Humane foster volunteers wanted to share why they are so grateful to receive our “reused” pet items each year. Many people do not realize that the Frisco Humane Society is not a “bricks-and-mortar” establishment. Instead, it is a network of dedicated volunteers who foster homeless cats and dogs until they are adopted into a new home. While these animals are waiting for their “forever family,” foster volunteers often spend a good deal of their own money to support the animals. Also, many of the supplies they purchase end up leaving with the animals when they are adopted. The generosity of all families who donate helps the Frisco Humane Society continue to rescue so many homeless animals each year.
IMPACT A LIFE! Visit www.friscohumanesociety.com to view cats and dogs currently available for adoption.
firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today.
Since January 1, 2014, Frisco
students have been “officially” able to recycle their empty milk and orange juice
cartons in the cafeteria. The best part is, carton recycling has
potential to nearly DOUBLE the amount of recycling our schools produce each
day! And the more we recycle, the more we can help our schools save money
on annual trash disposal costs!
For questions about carton recycling, contact your school’s Recycling Coordinator. To schedule an assembly visit from Rufus the Recycling Dog to kick off carton recycling at your school, contact Molly Kinson at email@example.com. You can also use the digital/printable flyers below to help spread the word.
SCHEDULE A RECYCLING REVAMP FOR YOUR SCHOOL!
Is your cafeteria recycling program struggling? Do students, teachers and staff members have trouble remembering what can and can not go in the big blue recycling bins? Are your recycling bins constantly contaminated with trash items? Having trouble finding volunteers to monitor the trash and recycling bins at the end of each lunch? Don’t worry… help is on the way!!
If you believe your cafeteria is in desperate need of a Recycling Revamp, contact Molly Kinson at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
RECYCLING REMINDERS FROM RUFUS
"Back at School, Recycling is Cool!"
Now is a great time to remind parents, teachers and students about all the amazing things that can be recycled in all Frisco schools. Batteries, plastic bags, ink cartridges, cell phones and shoes are some of the special recycling items accepted at every school.
Note: most special recycling stations are usually set up in the front lobby area or in the cafeteria. Check out where your school recycles, and help us keep more holiday waste out of the landfill by including a recycling reminder in your PTA e-blast!
THE RECYCLE BOWL COMPETITION
This year, from October 20-November 14, Frisco schools competed in the nationwide recycle competition, "Recycle Bowl," created by Keep America Beautiful. Nationwide results won't be released until February 2015, but here are the top recycling schools in Frisco ISD!
PRE-GAME! Recycle Bowl Poster - for digital use only - download here
HALF-TIME! Recycle Bowl Halfway Mark Video - download here
POST-GAME! Recycle Bowl Final Rankings Video - download here
Elementary TOP 5:
6. "Honorable Mention" goes to Scott!
Middle TOP 5:
Two Frisco schools, Scott Elementary and Staley Middle School, received a performance from educational rock band Vocal Trash as a prize for winning Frisco's own Recycle Bowl competition. See more photos included in the Frisco ISD article here! Congratulations to all schools who participated - nearly every school was able to increase the amount of material recycled by spreading awareness among students, parents, teachers and staff.
THE GARY BURNS FUN RUN - A ZERO WASTE EVENT
The Gary Burns Fun Run, an annual event that benefits the Frisco Education Foundation, is also traditionally a “Zero Waste Event” in Frisco. The term “Zero Waste” refers the idea that an event can be organized to produce as little trash as possible, while all other waste is collected for composting and recycling. When an event produces less trash, in turn less money is required to dispose of it. This means that even more of the money raised by the Gary Burns Fun Run each year can be invested in scholarships for graduating Frisco seniors!
When organizing a Zero Waste Event, the goal is to achieve at least 90% diversion (no greater than 10% trash collected).
This year’s results:
Total recyclable material collected - 980 lbs
Total compostable material collected - 400 lbs
Total trash collected (to landfill) – 128 lbs
% of total waste that was diverted from landfill – 92% (we had only 8% trash)!!!
We are grateful to Progressive Waste Solutions for donating 60 total compost, recycle and trash containers to support our efforts at the Gary Burns Fun Run. We also could not have met our goals without the help of the Zero Waste volunteers (including a couple of brave Environmental Chairs)!
Top left - Zero Waste Volunteer Barb G. is also Environmental Chair for Roach MS!
Bottom right - (L to R) Miss Molly, Rufus the Recycling Dog and our awesome superintendent, Dr. Lyon!
WALK TO SCHOOL
On International Walk to School Day (October 8), Frisco ISD had the most registered Walk to School events out of the entire state of Texas, according to www.WalkBiketoSchool.org. Way to Walk, Frisco - that's TWO YEARS IN A ROW!! Thank you to all PTA Environmental and Healthy Lifestyles Chairs who helped make each of these events a success.
Didn't have a chance to walk in the fall? International Bike to School Day is May 6 this year - MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
For WALK TO SCHOOL DAYS - YEAR ROUND! Resources from http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/:
Get families moving during your Walk to School event... check out more "walking-themed" music ideas here! With your principal's approval first of course, many schools have played these songs over their morning PA as kids are walking in to school.
I LIKE TO MOVE IT - Reel 2 Real/also on the Madagascar soundtrack
WALKING ON SUNSHINE - Katrina and the Waves
PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER - Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn
WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN - The Bangles
EYE OF THE TIGER - Survivor
PLUS - have fun coming up with your own!
FLYING BANNERS (FLAGS) - shown in picture above, I have a total of 7 that you can borrow for YOUR Walk to School event. They're great for crosswalks, to promote student safety! Just email email@example.com in advance to reserve them!
HELPFUL FLYERS, FOR PRINT AND DIGITAL USE
All flyers posted below have received approval from Frisco ISD Communications.
Everything can be modified to meet the needs of your own school! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For print (ex: paper flyers for Thursday folders)
These flyers have been designed to use less ink with higher contrast, specifically for printing on white or colored paper. TIP: Print flyers in black-and-white onto colored paper to have them stand out in Thursday folders, without wasting expensive colored ink!
Print double-sided: Reduce your paper usage by 50%!
TIP: Print Cafeteria Recycling 101 on one side, and Recycling Reminders on the other
Print 4-to-a-page: “Cut” your paper usage by 75%!
TIP: To save paper (and money), I recommend you choose the 4-to-a-page flyers, then use a paper trimmer to quickly cut them apart. Many schools have a paper trimmer available for PTA use.
Digital ONLY (ex: for e-blasts or to post on websites)
These flyers have more color and detail, since they are NOT meant for printing. Have your e-blasts and/or websites hyperlink to these PDFs. If you prefer, a .png graphic has been provided as well, so you can resize and/or post a thumbnail graphic on the web.
Go digital: Eliminate paper usage completely!
- Recycling Reminders – PDF
- Recycling Reminders – .PNG
- Carton Recycling Graphic - .PNG
- Cafeteria Recycling with Rufus Poster - .PNG
- Walk to School Flyer FULL COLOR - PDF
LOOKING FOR SOME "GREEN" WAYS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR LITTLE LEARNERS?
Fill some of their FREE TIME with these FREE educational games!
Check out the new Environmental Services website for kids: http://www.friscogreenteam.org/. Featuring Rufus and friends, this closed website offers a safe online environment to browse fun projects, activities and games that are all aligned with TEKS learning targets.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) also has some fun and educational flash games for kids at http://takecareoftexas.org/kids/games. Their Take Care of Texas program encourages young Texans to learn how they can help keep our state clean and beautiful.