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We hope these ideas help educators think about ways they can get their students more involved in Ring Leader recycling. And we hope you'll help other educators by sending us your ideas as well.

Deb Kearney's Library Class from Northern California used the Ring Leader site for their project in conjunction with the site “Art from Junk: Recycled Craft Ideas” and wanted to share this with other Ring Leader members. Thank you, to the Jefferson District Library Class and Deb Kearney for this tip!
(Click here to go to Art from Junk: Recycled Craft Ideas.)


Ms. Deborah Ward's class from Delaware were working on an
Environment & Recycling Project, used the Ring Leader resources and shared this link with us: "Moving Boxes: Recycled Crafts for Kids"

We received a suggestion for a site from recycling enthusiast and author, Sarah Kelly, who is working at inspiring a new generation to recycle. Check out her recycling guide here: http://modularhomeowners.com/resources-for-recycling-at-home-and-beyond/
Jennifer McBride,
a volunteer at a children's program at her library this summer where they had a Green Day program using the Ring Leader Program, sent on some additional information to share:  "A lot of the kids (and parents!) didn't know that you could recycle much other than paper, plastic, and glass, so I decided to write this article about recycling household items": http://www.mattressinsider.com/how-to-recycle-mattresses-and-batteries.html .
Ariel Domke of the Stanford University's Thoracic Oncology Program took note of the serious litter problem that cigarettes cause: they top the list each year for number one type of debris collected. She shared this link for anyone wanted to learn more about how to have an impact on this problem: http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/

The kids and teachers of the Arkadelphia Public Schools in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, have taken the Ring Leader to heart, and they'd like to pass along some ways to really have fun with recycling. Betty Gentry, coordinator of the school system's Gifted/Talented Program, sent us this guide to getting the most out of Ring Leader:

  • One child in each homeroom is selected as the class "Ring Leader." He or she attends a meeting and gets a job description, then informs the homeroom teacher about his or her responsibilities.

  • Students are responsible for counting the number of rings brought in to school, and for recording that number on a bulletin board in a main hallway. Counting and recording is sometimes used as an incentive for good classroom behavior.

  • At the end of each grading period, the school has an awards assembly for each grade level. This assembly also serves as an opportunity to talk to all classes about the Ring Leader Program. Each Ring Leader receives a certificate of recognition, has their name printed in the School Announcements, and is recognized in the principal's newsletter that goes home to parents.

  • The class that brings in the most rings for recycling during each grading period gets an achievement certificate from Subway restaurant, giving each child a free "Kids' Pak" fun meal. The grade level class that brings in the most rings also gets a popcorn party for their class.

  • Ring Leaders also attend periodic "meetings" in the coordinator's office, where they talk about the program and have fun packing up the boxes of recyclable six-pack rings for the postal workers to return to Hi-Cone for recycling into a variety of industrial products.


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