We would like to welcome Gale Bailey Elementary and Indian Head Elementary, the first Trash Free Schools in Charles County, MD! They have signed the Trash Free Schools Pledge and are working to reduce waste at their schools. Both schools have very active school communities and are also involved in our Schoolyards as Classrooms Project.
Indian Head Elementary is a Maryland Green School and will use the Trash Free Schools Project to help maintain their Maryland Green School status. Actions completed through the Trash Free Schools Project will be documented (as described in the Trash Free Schools Project’s Eight Steps Table) and used for Maryland Green school re-certification. Future actions include weighing the trash from each classroom as a competition to increase school recycling and reduce waste sent to the landfill. Students will help with the effort by monitoring bins and collecting the trash weight data. Teachers will be able to incorporate data into their lessons by having students create graphs and calculate the change in waste over time for each classroom to determine the winner.
Gale-Bailey Elementary is also a Maryland Green School and has a thriving Green Club that conducted a roadside cleanup last Fall with students, staff, families, and community members. They have also conducted schoolyard cleanups and completed other service projects at their school. The Green Club does weekly announcements to the school and has taught their peers how to properly recycle in the lunchroom as well as helped the school eliminate polystyrene lunch trays from the cafeteria. Gale Bailey Elementary will use the Trash Free Schools Project to provide resources and suggestions to further involve students in reducing waste at the school.
Congratulations to Indian Head Elementary and Gale Bailey Elementary schools on their commitment to take action and reduce waste!