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School News You Can Use – April, 2018

Happy Earth Month From Around the World!




  • 2018 Conference News –  Conference Date is Near – Get Your Brochure & Registration Form Here! NH the Beautiful Grants and Services
  • NRRA Grant News –  USDA Town & Town Grant; School Indoor Air Quality Survey; Keene School District Outreach Work
  • CLUB News – Welcome New & Renewing Members! Sweet Harvest in Somersworth
  • NRRA SWIP News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work Continues
  • In The News – Celebrating Earth Month from Mt. Everest to Marine Debris
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers – Last call for NHtB’s School Recycling Innovation Grant! SWANA Scholarships
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – Wild NH Day Set for April 21; EPA Environmental Merit Nominations & Earth Day link
  • Activity – For Weather Foul and Fair – Kaleidoscope Craft; Nature Scavenger Hunt

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At a Glance: Here’s the  School Conference Workshop Page

For a printable PDF of the School Conference Schedule, CLICK HERE.

For the full 2-day NRRA Conference Brochure, CLICK HERE.

Registration Forms Are Here!

We have added Online Registration for schools this year.

School Groups:  Please note that we can accept one registration form for each designation at your school (i.e., all students on one form, all teachers/staff on another). Just submit a typed list of attendees with each registration form.

All NH schools are eligible for member rates and NH the Beautiful Grants (see below)!

Out of state schools – if your town or WMD is a member of NRRA, you are also a member and eligible for member rates!  If you are not sure, contact The CLUB below.

Our downloadable Registration Form is also available.

If you should have any questions, contact


NH Schools – Apply Now for 1/2 Off Conference Grants!

New Hampshire the Beautiful has been a proud supporter of NRRA and it’s members, The School Recycling CLUB, our annual Conference and our NH Schools.

NH the Beautiful has again stepped up to the plate for NH schools this year!  They will offer matching grants of up to 1/2 the Conference Registration fees for your school group or individual!

For the NHtB Grant Application, CLICK HERE!


NH the Beautiful Offers New School Recycling Innovation Grant for Conference! Essays Due April 27!

NRRA is pleased to announce that NH the Beautiful is implementing a new, annual grant award to NH schools with innovative waste reduction ideas or school recycling programs.


NH schools who have, or want to start, a recycling program are invited to submit an essay detailing your current program and how you hope to improve upon it.  The NH the Beautiful Board of Directors will select the winning essay and notify the winner.  A monetary grant of $500 will be awarded to the winning school at the annual School Recycling Conference in May.

Essays should be submitted to no later than Friday, April 27 for consideration this year.

For the full Press Release, click HERE.



Other Great Services from NH the Beautiful …


Did you know that NH the Beautiful offers Recyclemobiles to promote and collect recycling at your events?

See our Contests, Scholarships & Fundraising section for more information and to apply!





Did you know that NH the Beautiful offers ClearStreams and 18-gallon recycling bins at a significant discount (over 50%) to schools?



Click here to apply for Clearstreams.

Click here to apply for Recycling Bins.



Many thanks to NH the Beautiful for your continued support of our programs and services!


Don’t Forget! We also have Can Cages available for school fundraising!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., the Can Cages (2) are available for loan to member schools for FREE!!!

See our Contests, Scholarships & Fundraising section for more information and to apply!



USDA Town & Gown Grant Work Underway

NRRA’s newest grant through USDA Rural Development is Town & Gown – Taking the Wall Down. This grant focuses on  building alliances between municipal transfer stations (NH), waste management districts (VT) and their associated schools.  We have located several communities in select counties of NH and VT to receive free training  and facility tours in the coming months. We will also be producing webinars to facilitate information sharing between towns and schools.

For the list of eligible communities in NH & VT, click HERE.

For the full grant details, see our Press Release by clicking HERE.

If you would like more information about grant participation please contact Gwen Erley at




There’s Still Time for Schools to Take Our Quick 10-Question IAQ Survey!

As part of our USDA Town & Gown Grant, we will be looking at Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning in K-12 schools.

If you haven’t received our Constant Contact Survey Request, please feel free to take our 10-question survey about Indoor Air Quality!

In return, you will receive a FREE set of Green Cleaning Recipe Books (Student, Teacher and Personal Care)!

To complete our survey, click HERE!

Or go to:


Keene School District Recycling Program

The Keene School District has contracted  NRRA’s  School Recycling CLUB to provide analysis, programming and equipment to facilitate effective and cost-saving recycling throughout the District.

Phase One was completed last year with Star Assessments being done at each school.  We are currently surveying staff at all seven schools on their current recycling efforts.  Programming will be provided this spring and next fall.

If you work for the Keene Schools and have not received your survey, please use this link:

Teacher Volunteers Needed:  We will be looking for a teacher at each school to be trained on doing the Star Assessment.  If you are interested, please let your Principal know and send an email to Gwen Erley at

Teacher Resources Available for Purchase!

Classic K-12 Recycling Activities with 21st Century Standards


Thanks to grant funding through USDA-Rural Development, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB is proud to offer the newest editions of their school curricula 3R’s of the Common Core: A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling and Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution.  These references are divided into age appropriate lessons for K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Schools may select from hard copy or PDF versions.

In addition, four classroom workshop modules have been updated and are available in PDF versions only.  They are:

  1. Garbage Guerrillas
  2. Back to the Earth
  3. Healthy Home/Clean Waters
  4. Waste = Global Climate Change

Anyone else interested in purchasing these resources should contact NRRA Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley, at

  • For the Pricing Guide, click HERE.
  • For the Terms of Use, click HERE.
  • For the Curricula Descriptions, click HERE.



Welcome New Member …


Woodsville High School


  • Where:  Woodsville, NH
  • Mascot:  Engineers
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students:  205


… and Renewing Member:


Loudon Elementary School


  • Where:  Loudon, NH
  • Motto:  The Pride of Tomorrow
  • Grades: K-5
  • Students:  275




From our Friend Wendy at Somersworth Middle School’s Farm to School Program

Sweet Winter Harvest

Winter in New England still provides fresh local food and Daryl Dunbar is the Farm to School hero of the season. Using his NH Ag. in the Classroom grant to build a new maple syrup evaporator, he and his students have put it to the test this cold winter/spring season. The fruits of their labor are fresh, sweet and local. These Middle Schoolers can now speak fluently about the evolution of tree to sap to syrup.  Math may be Mr. Dunbar’s subject matter, but the delicious science he teaches every sap season is a lucky break for Somersworth Middle School.

On April 7 the District Wellness Committee will host a Wellness Fair in partnership with Goodwin Community Health from 10am-12 at the Somersworth HS/CTC.  Farm to School will be there with a free make-and-take seed starting activity. Great way to start a Saturday morning in mud season!

Calling all farmers:  interested in cafeteria food scraps from our two super elementary schools?  For 70 years the Turcotte family has faithfully picked up cafeteria scraps for their pigs from all Somersworth Schools every school day, and “Farmer Phil” is finally scaling back. Though he’ll still be seen picking up from the Middle and High School cafeterias, Idlehurst and Maple Wood Elementary Schools have bid a bittersweet farewell to the beloved Phil Turcotte.  Students and staff alike will miss his friendly smiling face.  Thank you Phil, and to the Turcotte Family for this wonderful community service you’ve provided our schools for 7 decades!

For more information on Farm to School programs and activities in the Somersworth schools, please contact Wendy Berkeley at





White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Continues for 2017-18 School Year

Workshops and Technical Assistance Available

Vermont – We are beginning our second round of outreach to schools in the White River Alliance Solid Waste District in Eastern/Central, VT.

Alliance communities include:  Barnard, Bethel, Granville, Hancock, Pittsfield, Rochester, Royalton and Stockbridge.

School outreach consists of four workshops and two technical assistance trainings. These are being paid for by the Alliance so there is no cost to the schools.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at


Rutland County SWAC SWIP Outreach Ramping Up


Vermont – NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB has completed our school outreach efforts for the 2016-2017 School year on behalf of the Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (RCSWAC). We met with six Rutland County schools in early March. Our goal is to assist with Act 148, Universal Recycling compliance.

RCSWAC Member towns include:  Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth and West Haven.

Outreach will resume in the spring for the 2018 school year.  School outreach consists of an NRRA Star Assessment and ANR School Recycling Scorecard.  There is no cost to the schools thanks to RCSWAC grant funding.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at




Celebrating Earth Month . . .



From our Friends at


2018 Earth Day Theme:

End Plastic Pollution


From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. 

To learn how you can help, go to:




From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation


Empowering Today’s Students for a Sustainable Tomorrow

It’s Time to Celebrate Mother Nature


As April approaches, the National Wildlife Federation and its programs will be celebrating the diversity, complexity and joy the natural world has to offer. Help us celebrate this extra special time by planning fun, exciting and meaningful learning experiences for your students.

Here are ten ways to celebrate Earth Month!

  1. Certify and celebrate your Schoolyard Habitat.
  2. Design and plant a Monarch Recovery Garden.
  3. Coordinate a litter cleanup. Bring the school community together and plan a cleanup on the school grounds or at a local park, waterway or adjacent neighborhood.
  4. Conduct field investigations. Use The GLOBE Program to identify how Earth systems impact wildlife migration and/or local habitat.
  5. Organize a campaign. A One Less Straw campaign will help students raise awareness and drive change around single use straws’ ill effects on our waterways and aquatic and marine wildlife.
  6. Learn more about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Determine how these goals can be used to deepen student learning and provide students with a global perspective on environmental issues.
  7. Conduct an audit. The new LEAF audit is a fantastic way to introduce students to urban, suburban and rural forest systems, which can culminate in a tree planting through our Tree’s for Wildlife program.
  8. Plan a garden cleanup day. Provide tools and lunch, inviting students, families and community members.
  9. Create a collage. Students can find items found in nature to create a collage and then display student work in a display case, on hallway walls or in the library.
  10. Adopt an animal. Visit National Wildlife Federation’s adoption center to symbolically adopt a wildlife species.

Read the March Newsletter for the
Latest Eco-Schools News, Information and Opportunities.




From the Mountaintops …


From our Friends at Waste360 Daily Wire



National Campaign Attempts to Clean Up 200,000 Pounds of Trash from Mount Everest

This effort aims to help combat the growing trash problem around Mount Everest.

Waste360 Staff | Mar 22, 2018

To help combat the growing trash problem around Mount Everest, a national cleanup campaign in Nepal has set a goal of collecting and recycling 200,000 pounds of trash in 2018. This effort comes after a declaration by the country’s tourism ministry in 2014, which stated that anyone who climbed the mountain had to return with an extra 18 pounds of waste.

To collect the trash, workers and yaks carry it by foot from several villages leading up to the mountain’s base camp. The trash is then transported all the way to Kathmandu, the nation’s capital, where it is recycled.

Local officials say that 24,000 pounds of waste have been collected so far, and several waste dumping sites and trash cans have been installed along the mountain’s trails.

New York Times has the full story.


To the Seas …


From our Friends at Waste360 Daily Wire



Animal Sculptures Made from Marine Debris Help Promote Waste Reduction

By Mallory Szczepanski

An estimated 315 billion pounds of plastic enters oceans each year. And in an effort to raise awareness around that problem, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has partnered with nonprofit Washed Ashore for a traveling educational exhibit entitled Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. The exhibit, which is on view at the Shedd Aquarium until September 2018, features 19 colorful and larger-than-life sculptures made entirely of marine debris collected from beaches along the Oregon shoreline.




And Around the World!


From our Friends at Keep America Beautiful’s Beautiful Moments (February 2018)


We Love ‘Plogging’ and You Should Too!


Already adopted by thousands of Europeans (and now by American early adopters), plogging — a play on the Swedish ‘plocka upp’ (meaning ‘pick up’) and ‘jogging’ — is the act of picking up litter while running.
Plogging is brilliant because it is simple and fun, while empowering everyone to help create cleaner, greener and more beautiful communities. With plogging, all you need is running gear and a bag for trash or recyclables, and you are not only improving your own health, but your local community, too.

Ready to get plogging? Continue reading here!


From our Friends at Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District

Repair Cafe in Barre, VT – Fixperts Needed


CVSWMD Courtesy Photo

The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) has partnered with Onion River Exchange, and Center for an Agricultural Economy to host Hardwick’s first Repair Café on April 28 at Hardwick Elementary School.

We are seeking a diverse group of “fixperts” who can dedicate their time and experience to help us make this event successful. Examples of fixpert skills include (but are not limited to):

  • Bike repairs
  • Electronics repair
  • Clockmakers
  • Watchmakers
  • Clothing & textile repair
  • Electronics repair
  • Small appliance repair
  • Carpenters
  • Jewelry repair
  • More info about Fixperts here!


Want to be a part of things but not a fixer? No worries, we need volunteers to make food and help run the cafe. Click here to register as one of our volunteers for the April 28 Hardwick Repair Cafe.




From our Friends at CCREF


International Compost Awareness Week

May 6-12


International Compost Awareness Week, a program of the Compost Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) takes place May 6-12.


If you are celebrating ICAW with an event, you can request a proclamation from CCREF for your town/city/state… they have a template on their web site:





Sustainable & Educational Packaging


One of our co-workers was having an Annie’s™ Homegrown Macaroni & Cheese for lunch recently.  When she went to recycle the cardboard packaging, she found this Micro Farm graphic on the inside.

It has some great instructions for using the microwavable cup as a Micro Farm.

We got permission from Annie’s™ to copy the graphic so we could share it with you.

While we were on their website, we found this great manual on Growing School Gardens.

It’s so nice to see more and more producers making the best use of their packaging and finding simple ways to add environmental education.


Recycling & Environmental Game Links

In our internet travels, we have found several links to recycling and environmental games and activities that students might enjoy:



Spring is coming! Want to learn more about composting?

If you would like to host a workshop in your school, please consider The CLUB’s Back to the Earth Workshop. For more information, please contact


Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers


Last Call For NH the Beautiful School Recycling Innovation Grant!

NRRA is pleased to announce that NH the Beautiful is implementing a new, annual grant award to NH schools with innovative waste reduction ideas or school recycling programs.

NH schools who have, or want to start, a recycling program are invited to submit an essay detailing your current program and how you hope to improve upon it.  The NH the Beautiful Board of Directors will select the winning essay and notify the winner.  A monetary grant of $500 will be awarded to the winning school at the annual School Recycling Conference in May.

Essays should be submitted to no later than Friday, April 27 for consideration this year.

For the full Press Release, click HERE.

Don’t delay! The very first award could go to your program!


From our Friends at New England Grassroots Fund

Focused on all things local, the Grassroots Fund is the only organization of its kind dedicated to inspire, connect, and support community-based environmental projects throughout New England. Grassroots Fund’s niche is to help those on-the-ground, everyday people for whom grassroots work is a passion and whose volunteer time is a priceless contribution to the common good.

  • Seed grants – grants up to $1,000 to New England community-based groups with newly evolving local projects
  • Grow grants – grants up to $3,500 to groups working to expand existing projects and broaden their scope

Grassroots Fund Seed, Grow & Young Adult Leader grants are designed for groups that:

  • are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;
  • are volunteer-driven or have no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
  • have an annual operating budget under $100,000;

Please note that Grassroots Fund does not fund statewide, regional, national or international work. Our focus is on community-based, local initiatives. Grassroots funds can not be used for retroactive expenses, lobbying purposes, micro-grant programs or large capital acquisitions.

SEED GRANTS: Quick project-focused grants dedicated to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s).

  • Deadline: Apply anytime
    (expect a decision in 4 to 6 weeks)
  • Grant range: $250 – $1,000

GROW GRANTS: Competitive group development grants dedicated to help established groups increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.

  • Deadlines: March 15 & September 15
    (expect decisions early June & December)
  • Grant range: $1,000 – $3,500

For more information, go to:



From our Friends at SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America)


SWANA National has several scholarship opportunities:

Category I: Grant H. Flint Scholarship
Category II: Grant H. Flint Scholarship
Category III: Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineering Scholarship

We have included an application and instructions for your convenience. Application deadline for Categories I, II & III is May 1, 2018. Application should be mailed to Kevin Roche, President Northern New England Chapter Scholarship Committee, ecomaine, 64 Blueberry Road, Portland, ME 04102. Additional information for this scholarship opportunity can be found on the SWANA National website at



From our Friends at the

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on our April 15 deadline:

  • between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
  • permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada
  • currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months
  • working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.

The Barron Prize does not discriminate against its applicants based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

You may download a sample application to use in planning and organizing your application.

Remember, applications are accepted online ONLY. Applications sent via mail or by any method other than our online system will be deemed ineligible.


From our Friends at NWF

School Climate Solutions Challenge

(Grades 6-12)

Participants are encouraged to submit innovative project ideas that will reduce carbon emissions and help their school and community prepare for problems caused by climate change, as well as interact with decision-makers and take full advantage of the career opportunities a clean energy climate future holds.

Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to projects that are well-researched, outcome-oriented, planned, communicated, well-promoted and evaluated. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of NWF staff and top proposals will be determined by external judges.

Get the details and enter the challenge by April 22, 2018.


Crayola Grant Program


Champion Creatively Alive Children

Creative Leadership Grants 2018

The 2018 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Beginning December 1, 2018, submit your application for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school’s creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

In collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Crayola offers up to 20 grants for schools in the United States or Canada. The applications will only be accepted from principals who are members of NAESP. If you are not the principal, please collaborate with your school’s leader to develop the plan. The National Art Education Association encourages their members to partner with their school’s principal and colleagues to generate grant proposals.

Actual product assortment may vary.

Schools who received this grant in 2017 will not be eligible to apply for a 2018-209 grant. Instead, we urge those grant winners to become judges to help score new proposals. 2017 winners may apply again in 2019.

Applications should be sent to or faxed to 610-515-8781, Attn: Heather Loney. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Midnight ET Friday, June 22, 2018.

Download your application today!

For more information about this program, click HERE!


From our Friends at Captain Planet Foundation

ecoSolution™ Grants (previously called “Small Grants”) have been the defining basis of Captain Planet Foundation’s work over the last 25 years. In that time, we’ve funded over 2,100 projects that have impacted 1.2 million youth around the world – actively fulfilling our mission to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents.

ecoSolution™ Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution™ Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).

Please note that ecoSolution™ Grants will only support direct project costs. Support for t-shirts, staff salaries, field trips, scholarships, beautification/ landscaping, etc. will NOT be considered.


CYCLE 2:    OPENS – January 16      CLOSES  – July 15

For more information, go to:



How many aluminum cans can your school round up?

Al the Can wants to see which school can round up the most cans-per-student between America Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22) for the big, $5,000 prize!

Schools (pre-K-12) that registered by April 28, 2017 are good to go!

For more information, go to:


Hosting school events or sports?  Consider a Can Cage!



The CLUB is offering an opportunity for school recycling clubs to not only preserve the environment by collecting cans, but also to receive revenue on a per pound basis for the cans they collect.  The goal of the program is to increase school recycling funds while increasing aluminum can recycling.  As part of the program, The CLUB will provide participating schools with a large aluminum collection cage that can be parked out doors for easy access.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., the Can Cages (2) are available for loan to member schools for FREE!!!

For more information CLICK HERE or contact Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley at


Spring is Here and the RecycleMobiles are Available for Events!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA and New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc., the RecycleMobiles are available for loan to NH schools, municipalities and community groups for FREE!

The RecycleMobile was developed to help make recycling at special events low-cost, highly visible and efficient. It is a simple to use, eye-catching recycling unit consisting of a fiberglass box with six collection holes (3 per side) that is attached to a 4′ by 6′ trailer and houses six 32-gallon barrels. You will need a 1-7/8″ ball to tow the RecycleMobile.

The NRRA has three RecycleMobiles available for community groups and organizations to use to provide recycling. Please contact the NRRA by telephone at (603) 736-4401 or by e-mail at for more information and scheduling details.

To reserve the RecycleMobile for your community’s event, download, complete and send in the RecycleMobile Reservation Form.


Other School Grant Opportunities

Youth Services America:  They offer multiple grant opportunities.

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Helps classrooms and students in need. offers many ways to earn scholarship money.




From our Friends at NH Fish and Game

Discover Wild New Hampshire Day 

Saturday, April 21

Bring the family to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s biggest community event of the year!

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s most popular free community event of the year is set for Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H.

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions. Browse educational exhibits presented by environmental and conservation organizations from throughout the state. See live animals, big fish and trained falcons. Try your hand at archery, casting, fly-tying and B-B gun shooting. Watch retriever dogs in action. Get creative with hands-on craft activities for the kids. Plus, check out the latest hunting and fishing gear and gadgets.

Here are some pictures from past Wild NH Day events:

For more photos, go to:   Discover WILD New Hampshire Day Photos

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is hosted by Fish and Game and sponsored in part by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.


From our Friends at EPA GoGreen Newsletter


New England Environmental Merit Nominations (starts in April)

Know of someone in New England who’s worked to help protect the environment? You can nominate teachers, citizen activists, business leaders, scientists, or others in New England who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of New England’s public health and natural environment. Nominations are expected to begin in April.

Here’s the link:



Also From our Friends at EPA GoGreen Newsletter

Earth Day is April 22 – learn about the first Earth Day in 1970, and how EPA’s mission helps protect health and the environment today.


EPA’s WasteWise encourages organizations and businesses to achieve sustainability in their practices and reduce select industrial wastes.

WasteWise is part of EPA’s sustainable materials management efforts, which promote the use and reuse of materials more productively over their entire lifecycles.

To learn more, go to WasteWise Fact Sheet.



As part of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program (SMM). SMM seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle. This includes how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed.

To learn more, go to:  EPA FRC




If the weather is foul …


From our Friends at


How to Make a Kaleidoscope


By: Ana Dziengel from BabbleDabbleDo

Updated September 27, 2017

Learning How to Make a Kaleidoscope doesn’t have to be a difficult activity, especially when your kids want to make one themselves. Easy kids’ crafts like this one are perfect for letting your little ones show their creativity. They will have a blast creating their own unique kaleidoscope using toilet paper roll crafts and fun colored paper. There are just so many different ways that they can make their kaleidoscope, and this activity is also a great science project that will have your kids learning about the refraction of light off of a mirrored surface.

  • Materials: Paper Crafts, Beads & Jewelry, Recycled Crafts, Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
  • Age Group: Preschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School, Pre-Teens
  • Time to complete: One hour

Click here for free kids craft



If the weather is fair…


From our Friends at Pinterest


Click Here For a Printable PDF






04/22/18 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit

04/27/18 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit

05/09/18 – Bike to School Day – To register your school event:

05/21/18 – NRRA’s 36th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo

05/22/18 – School CLUB’s 8th Annual School Recycling Conference (the Conference within the Conference); Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful.

06/05/18 – World Environment Day – To plan your event, visit

06/08/18 – World Oceans Day – To plan your event, visit

Don’t Forget to Celebrate …




mailboxWHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL CLUB UP TO? The NRRA School Recycling CLUB always loves to hear what its members and other schools are doing to recycle and help the environment so we can share it through our newsletter. There are so many different things being done, and you are our best source of information about what is working in your school. It can be a new program, a long-term project that’s been proven over time, a field trip, etc. Always feel free to contact me or submit something and you may see it in the next School News You Can Use! – Gwen Erley, 1-603-736-4401, Ext. 19