‘Waste in Place’ gives teachers tips on green learning

other_green_newsBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Ways to turn trash into environmental treasure is on the curriculum teachers will study at Thursday’s workshop, “Waste in Place.”

The free workshop is being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Corinth campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College, and will earn participants .5 CEUs or five contact hours, said Andrea Rose, Keep Corinth Alcorn Beautiful coordinator for The Alliance.

The Keep America Beautiful curriculum can be taught across many subject areas.

“They’ll go home with a binder filled with complete lesson plans,” Rose said.

The Waste in Place curriculum help students learn about litter prevention, beautification and community greening, recycling and managing solid waste.

“The workshop is open to any educator in the area,” Rose said, “but they will need to register by calling or emailing me.”

Some ways the concerns of reduce, reuse and recycle are addressed in the curriculum include:

• Helping children understand the benefits of reducing waste, recycling and finding ways to keep the community clean and eco-friendly.

• Identifying the many items in one’s environment that can be recycled, including aluminum and steel cans, all kinds of plastics, all kinds of paper, cardboard and food through a compost pile.

• Finding ways to reduce the amount of waste with reusable shopping bags, finding new purposes for empty containers and thoroughly using up products rather than leaving some portion in a container that is thrown away.

•Using as many chances to conserve energy as possible.

• Helping keep the community litter-free, and showing how recycling contributes to the energy economy.

“The curriculum is targeted to pre-K through sixth grade, but teachers in some of the older grades have been able to get some useful information as well,” Rose said.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com