L, first grader at Cleveland Elementary School, was the winner of a
special program coordinated by Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) PTK
(Phi Theta Kappa), a student honor society.
The program is one sponsored by PTK to encourage students to create art with recycled materials.
Bunke, art teacher at Cleveland School, chose to have the first grade
class create a fish based on the book "The Rainbow Fish," and she
linked it to the character education program at the elementary school.
she used included recycled cardboard and old CD's because these seemed
to be materials that were in abundance of being put in the trash or
recycle box at school.
The school children also used
other recycled materials such as buttons for the eyes, and yarn for
hanging. The class discussed pattern and repetition in order to
decorate the fish.
The class also had the
opportunity to visit LTC where they learned about new and interesting
ways to recycle energy, particularly focusing on the wind turbine and
how that worked and how all the things that everyone did to recycle all
contribute to making Earth more clean and safe for future generations.
LTC PTK chapter is recognized by the number of stars it achieves each
year. This year they are aiming for ‘five stars' which is quite a big
undertaking - they have done great in the past accomplishing ‘three
stars.' The recycling program done in conjunction with Cleveland
Elementary is another way to add a star.