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Recycling Relay Let’s recycle! With the help of students, faculty and staff, Waterford is continuing to implement a consistent and accurate recycling program throughout the Lower School. In order to make a more positive impact on our environment and help students Pre-K through Class V understand how to appropriately sort recyclables, new signage and learning opportunities have been created.

For many years, Class III took on understanding and bettering recycling in the Lower School.  Two years ago, when the current Class V students were in Class III, they uncovered that contamination was greatly limiting Waterford’s ability to recycle accurately, so the recyclables were re-used. They passed along this information to the incoming Class III (current Class IV students) who “hired” Waterford’s marketing and communications office to act as their creative agency. They guided the process of sharing the research and the problem to design posters that would be clear to all students and teachers on how to recycle well.  


These posters were finally printed this year (after pausing during Covid and quarantine). This year, teachers and teaching assistants, Sabrina Carver, Rebecca Husain and Jenneca Allred,  affixed the posters to all trash, paper and recycling bins throughout the Lower School. They also gave students a mini lesson on which materials should be recycled, and in what receptacle. The lesson was followed by an exciting and engaging class relay race, where students worked together to sort a bin of materials into the correct recycling, paper or trash bins.

Recycling Relay Students will continue to develop mastery of their recycling efforts and track their success by selecting class leaders to be in charge of recycling and earn class rewards that they will post on the lower school recycling tree. We are excited about our students’ efforts in taking care of the earth. And, we will continue to foster the tradition of passing this information along to younger students, so we can continue this important work. 

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