ARD Team Project:The Blue Bin CrusadersGreg Farias, Jalisa Smith, Janet Joy, Robb Hassa
Project Purpose Creatively educate the children at Rodman Elementary and the 21st Century After- School Program. Introduce Gifts to Give Make a donation Build a successful team
Service to Community Partners Worked with Rodman Elementary to teach students about recycling awareness both in the classroom and as an afterschool program. Spread knowledge about Marissa Perez-Dormiter’s goal to increase recycling and awareness in New Bedford Taught about and set up a program for Gifts to Give. Raised a substantial number of items for Gifts to Give through Rodman Elementary student donations.
Assembly We had the honor of presenting the Rodman Elementary school (gradeskindergarten-fifth grade) with a recycling seminar and recycling project for the school on October 26th. This included: • Presenting the blue bins • Presenting the green bins • Presenting Gifts to give
4 th Grade Lesson We chose November 14th during National Recycling Week.This lesson was geared towards the 4th graders so thatthey can have a personal lesson on how to recycle and reuse items. This day included the students to participate in two activities and a listening lesson.
21st Century After-School ProgramWe wanted the children to be more involved in the activities. After school on November 14th the Blue Bin Crusaders came back toRodman to collect all the giftsto give items. The children of the after school programshelped us gather and sort the items into its specific category.
3rd Grade Activity On Friday November 16th the 3rd graders were such a pleasure to work with. They were able to participate in anin-class recycling activity with the Blue Bin Crusaders
Think outside the boxWe had to literally think outside Assembly Examples: To get the box. We included many through to the children we brought examples of a bottle, different creative activities flattened cereal box, Cliffordthroughout the Rodman Project. animal (toy), childrens jacket, shirt, and pants. Project Rushmore: this artistic creativity shows that we were 4th grade: We scattered able to put our ideas on paper returnable bottle around the room and whoever found the Posters for Assembly: drew out bottles received money for three posters with illustrations them. to present to the school about recycling List acceptable and non acceptable: read off a list of Board illustrations during items and children listed them events under the proper category
More outside the box Rewards: the children was How it is done: you need, rewarded with mood plastic bags, scissors, and pencils made by recycled duck tape material was given to us my Meg who works with Cut the handles off the bag, Marissa then cut the bag in half along the two sides, cut the Jump Rope: the after school rectangles into slices then children was able to grab three slices, braid into practice this activity with a rope, do this with Janet on Nov. 15th but it multiple slices and then really hit home with the 3rd duck tape the ropes graders on the Friday. together
Community InvolvementWe were able to measure our success by the data wecollected. The results of our project showed a positive,significant impact in the New Bedford area.
Community Involvement Cont. Gave the children at Rodman a goal of 10 coats and 10 toys, for a total of 20 items. Children raised a total of 220 items, 1100% of the goal. The 140 students at the school, in particular the 50 combined between then 3rd and 4th grade helped out with lesson plans while about 30 children in the afterschool program also participated. Our program not only affected the students at Rodman, but also the future recipients of these items, leaving a lasting, positive impact on the New Bedford community.
Recycling Awareness, Education, and Behavior Handed out Pamphlets on both recycling (provided to us by Marissa) and on Gifts to Give(made by our group). Held numerous events for Gifts to Give including leaving the collection bin and sorting through the items with the after school program. Provided the school with additional green recycling barrels. Taught lessons on recycling and did educational arts and crafts.
Recycling Awareness,Education and Behavior Cont. Worked with about 30 children in the after school program. Split them into groups and had them sort out the bins and boxes and had them help organize them into groups. Explained to them how they were making an impact and helping out other children and families who are not able to afford clothes and toys for themselves.
Sustainability Have instituted Gifts to Give in the school itself. Bins will remain even after we have left and the school will continue to donate to the organization. Positively influenced lives of the students and left a good impression on the benefits of recycling. 140 children donated 220 items to other children.
What We Learned Compromise Accountability is key A little effort leads to a huge impact Effective Communication leads to successful project
Conclusion Reaching out and educating the students and staff of Rodman Elementary Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Teams working efficiently and effectively