Rutland Elementary - 1st place Elementary Division 2017/2018
November 29, 2018
At Rutland Elementary School in Kelowna, we have had in-school beverage container recycling for many years. So far this school year, our 424 students have diverted 5842 beverage containers from the landﬁll and the Parent Council has used the $296.45 collected towards the purchase of musical instruments such as xylophones, metallophones and ukuleles.
We have three collection bins set up in the hallways, one in each portable and one in the staff room. Twice a week a parent volunteer sorts and counts the containers and, every month or two, takes the bags of containers to our local Columbia Bottle Depot at 680 Dease Rd.
Stanley Humphries - 1st place Secondary School Division 2017/2018
November 19, 2018
SHSS Recycling Program - Making a difference one container at a time!!!!!
Brendan is a visually and cognitively impaired student who attends the special education program at SHSS. Working with these challenges, Brendan has overcome many obstacles in order to be a successful team leader of our recycling program. With adaptations and modifications put in place, Brendan has learned to do jobs in a certain way in order for him to complete the task. He takes his job to teach and recycle in our school very seriously. He helps students know the routine, procedures, schedule, and work that needs to be done in a timely manner in order for the job to be completed efficiently. The students have seen Brendan as a recycling team leader for a few years and respect him, his experience, and the work that he does within the school community.
2017/2018 Contest Winners
July 6, 2018
On behalf of the team at Return-It school we would like to thank everyone that took the time to share their school’s recycling story with us and we are pleased to announce the winners for the 2017/2018 school year.
The Elementary school winners are:
1st place Elementary: Rutland Elementary School
2nd place Elementary: Meadowbrook Elementary School
And the High School winners are:
1st place High School: Stanley Humphries Secondary School
2nd place High School: Tatla Lake Jr. Secondary School
Don't forget to get your contest entry ready!
April 25, 2018
Rutland Middle School – Grade 7 Recycling Challenge
August 22, 2017
My grade 7 students at Rutland Middle School were challenged to come up with a way to contribute to our school community. We brain stormed ideas and decided to implement a more comprehensive bottle/can recycling program as there was currently very little in place. I did some research, discovered the Return-it School contest online and signed them up. From there my classes sorted all the school’s bottle/can recycling. The classes were horrified at how poor our school recycling program previously was, and how gross the bins were. We identified and wrote down the main problems with the current system and students paired up to create a PowerPoint presentation to educate their peers. From there, each mentorship class (mixed grade 6-8) got a presentation from one of the pairs to increase awareness of the situation. We noticed an improvement initially but only to a certain point. We then brainstormed why and came up with a poster to place on and above recycling bins to make it more obvious. The students were enthused by their progress and leadership involvement within the school.