Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle; three words that I’ve heard used together more than any other tripartite phrase. And oh, how important they are….but you already knew that didn’t you?
During the week of October 22nd through October 26th, EnAct had its annual recycling week, incorporating multiple events into a recycling extravaganza! One of the integral parts of the week was the multi-stationed outdoor table manned every day in Parents Plaza from 11am-2pm. This exciting (and green!) area included some hands on activities as well as sign-ups for reusable sporks (spoon + fork combination utensil) and a petition for a ballot question regarding the privatization of Allentown’s water supply.
One of the biggest ‘hits’ at the table was the Sporks program sign-up. This program was started last year and gathered a lot of the support from the Muhlenberg community but unfortunately it was not well communicated and people didn’t take full advantage of the offered opportunities (like a discount at GQ for using the reusable utensil). This year EnAct is hoping to gather enough signatures in order to get Muhlenberg to sponsor the program and make the sporks free for students once again. We filled up at least 3 sheets of paper, front and back, with signatures so here’s hoping it goes through!
Another fun part of the recycling table was the “Recycle-it-ball” game that tested eager volunteers on their recycling knowledge. Participants picked 5 items out of the box that they thought were recyclable. If they chose correctly and tossed the items in the improvised (reused!) basketball hoop they won a cereal-box notebook (pictured below!).
Perhaps the most eye-catching of the many “green” items presented at the table was the recycled statues/sculptures (see below!). Students were encouraged to use recycled materials (gathered by EnAct volunteers who went “dorm-storming”) and assemble their very own artistic creation.
Of course there were other events during this busy week of environmental education, including a visit to The Caring Place, an after-school program in Allentown. On October 24th a number of EnAct volunteers journeyed there to teach kindergarten, first, and second graders about the water cycle. Unfortunately I did not attend and thus don’t have pictures but I’m told it was very enjoyable and rewarding. However I worked at an educational environmental center this summer and know from personal experience that these kinds of lessons can be educational and fun!
One of the last activities of the week was learning how to make an old t-shirt into a reusable bag. Using only an old shirt, scissors, and string, it’s extremely easy and of course useful. At this meeting EnAct students also designed and made educational posters regarding the upcoming election to use during Rock the Vote (a free concert and political information session). Though I didn’t make it, from what I heard, it did indeed rock!
Remember everybody, reuse, reduce, and recycle and we’ll all be better off! Also, get to your voting center on November 6th and let your voice be heard! Have a great day! =)