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Ladner Elementary School’s New Playground Fundraiser

September 15, 2021

Ladner Elementary is a winner of the 2020/21 Return-It School Contest!

Students & parents at Ladner Elementary School have been collecting refundable bottles & cans since the Summer of 2020 to help raise funds for the Playground Replacement Project. With the help of community donations, they have returned almost 90,000 containers through drive-through drop-off events and the school's Return-It Express account!

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Request your Return-It School Video Presentation Package today!

January 25, 2021
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Our popular and engaging live gymnasium presentation featuring Return-It Man and the Return-It Scientist is now returning in a NEW, INTERACTIVE AND ENTERTAINING VIDEO! Teachers can now request a free Presentation Kit via mail to their class with the video, lesson tips and info, plus special goodies for their students!

The new 18-minute video presentation – recommended for students grades K-4, follows the same exciting storyline as the previous in-school presentation – Return-It Man and the Return-It Scientist team up to educate students about the importance of recycling and how it works. The video includes an interactive activity that engages students in a race to sort recyclables (with support from the teacher managing the presentation).

When you request a Return-It School Video Presentation Kit, you will receive:

  • 1 Return-It activity book + pencil crayon set for each student in your class (up to 30)
  • 3 Return-It medals for the students who volunteer to participate in the in-video activity
  • 1 Teacher’s Guide including a QR code and URL to the presentation and tips for best usage

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Palsson Elementary School’s Rockin’ Bottle Drive Program

September 25, 2020
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Students at Palsson Elementary decided to try out their first bottle drive fundraiser back in January 2018. After their first bottle drive was a huge success, Palsson set an ambitious and encouraging goal to use their bottle drive money to fund a 5-month drum lesson program for groups of third-grade students.

By advertising the school’s bottle drive across Lake Cowichan, the students are able to collect beverage containers from residents of their entire community, who have banded together to support the school’s initiative. Students were also responsible for collecting the recycling from classroom recycling stations each day to return to the depot. The recycling program didn’t just encourage recycling awareness in Lake Cowichan – it promoted leadership and responsibility among Palsson students, as well as building stronger relationships between families and the local community.

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Holy Cross Regional High School Marketing & Promotions class’ successful green campaign

September 22, 2020
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The Marketing & Promotions 11 class at Holy Cross Regional High School decided to use test their marketing skills by encouraging their fellow students to recycle and “go green” through their months-long #hcgoesgreen campaign.

The hub of the students’ campaign was their @hcgoesgreen Instagram account, where they continue to share inspiring environmental posts and images. During the school year, the students used the account to promote contests for prizes and pizza lunches that encouraged students to engage by posting about their contribution to the school’s recycling initiatives online.

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Sir William Van Horne Elementary School’s new healthy habits

September 17, 2020
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In 2019, the Sir William Van Horne Parent Advisory Council (PAC) decided it was time to grow “healthy habits” for students and the community by starting a recycling program. Noticing that refundable beverage containers do not end up in the proper recycling bin, the PAC signed up Van Horne as a Return-It School and launched a collection program that educated students, parents, and teachers about recycling while collecting refundable containers for refund each school day.

Recycling doesn’t stop after school though – the Van Horne PAC shared information on its website to help parents contribute their beverage containers from home to the school. They even created a helpful video showing parents how they can use Return-It Express to make sure their deposit refunds go directly to Van Horne’ recycling program. Their efforts came in handy when schools were closed in March due to COVID-19, and didn’t stop the parents – Van Horne families continue to return their containers in support of the school!

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