Feeling the void of not being able to attend Maker Day on campus for the second year in a row, the PA’s Green Committee joined together with members of the EMS faculty to create UpCycle Saturday.
Candice Lawton of TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based recycling company specializing in hard-to-recycle materials, spoke to EMS families about how they could help reduce their impact on the environment and gave us a virtual tour of their offices, highlighting their super-cool upcycled walls and lighting fixtures made from plastic bottles, conference tables made from doors, and artwork made from trash. Lawton also taught us about the 5 Rs of Zero Waste: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot.
Several EMS faculty members led students in hands-on upcycling-themed craft workshops: Administrative Assistant to the Early Childhood Director Scott Dommenge taught our youngest students how to make their own bubble blower, Lower School STEAM Chair and Science Teacher Kara Makohon-Moore and Lower School Math Department Chair Mary Ann Rota led Little Schoolers in creating their own monster puppets from whatever they had on hand, and Middle School Technology Integrator Samantha Morra and Morrow House Librarian and History Teacher Claire Saal showed our Morrow House kids how to turn an old T-Shirt into a reusable tote bag.
A special thanks goes out to Auxiliary Programs Associate Jill Henthron and the Chilton House after-school program students, the Camarinos family, and the Merino-Avilés family for creating promotional banners for the event from their own upcycled materials!
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