Amy Hughes, Project Coordinator for Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) was invited by Marie Gumb, Sally Hart, Ashley Klanecky, and Lexy Wurst to share with Loup County School students over the 2017 spring semester the reuse activities she had designed using CD/DVD’s. On February 13, 2017, Amy visited the Pre-K (Mrs. Klanecky) and Kindergarden-2nd (Mrs. Hart) classrooms at Loup County School and shared the CD/DVD reuse activity. In total, fifteen students (6 Pre-K and 9 K-2nd) got to participate.
Mrs. Klanecky did some research and found some fun Valentine patterns that students could use to create Valentine’s Day “cards”. The students created owls or fish using a CD/DVD, glue, glitter and paper. The amount of creativity and excitement that the kids showed was amazing. They were so excited to get to make something fun that they could use as a gift for someone else.
The purpose of this activity was to show that items used every day can have an alternative use and not just be thrown away or sent to a recycling facility. Participating youth had a wonderful experience creating their personal fish or owl and learned about why it is important to reduce, reuse, and recycle through a hands-on activity and in-class discussion. When asked why we would want to reuse items such as CD/DVD’s both classes said, “Because we want to save nature!”
Following the creation of the Valentine’s cards, Hughes had each group chant “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to reiterate the importance of doing the activities. Hughes looks forward to a return visit to the Loup County School and cannot wait to share more fun reuse/recycle activities and education with the youth. Hughes also extends a big “thank you” to the Loup County classes for the invitation to come and speak to the youth about the importance of being good environmental stewards!!
Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification. KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska. For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at email@example.com, visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook. Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska.