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School News You Can Use – August, 2018


Welcome Back, Students & Teachers! (schoolhouse & buses)



  • CLUB News – Discount on Fall Programming; Somersworth SD Lands EPA Grant; HP Cartridges Find a Home; Update from Acceleration East HS in FL
  • 2019 Conference News –  Early Bird Discount for 2019
  • NRRA Grant News –  Town & Gown Webinars; School Indoor Air Quality Survey; Keene School District Outreach Work
  • NRRA SWIP News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work Ramping Up Fall
  • In The News – World Cup Cleanup; Recycling Fashion; New Use for Chewing Gum; Audubon Photo Awards
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers –  Crayola Thank a Teacher Contest; Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants Open August 6
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – NH Envirothon Winners
  • Activity – Beat the Heat and Make a Treat; DIY Tips for Your Locker

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10% Discounts on Fall Programming Until October 1!

Once again, The School Recycling CLUB will offer a 10% discount on school programming ordered by October 1.

Click on any of the programs below for more information. Grants available to NH schools thanks to New Hampshire the Beautiful!

Contact Gwen Erley or Sarah McGraw TODAY to schedule any of the above items.  603-736-4401 ext. 19 OR



Congratulations Somersworth SD!

From our Friends at EPA

Congratulations 2018 Farm to School Grantees!

$5.2 Million in Grants Will Support Local Food in Child Nutrition Programs in 43 States, D.C., and Guam

The Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) congratulates all of the 2018 Farm to School Grant recipients! USDA’s Farm to School Grants fund school districts, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations in their efforts to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about food and agriculture through garden and classroom education, and develop schools’ and farmers’ capacities to participate in farm to school.

For the 2018 – 2019 school year, 73 grants will serve more than 6,006 schools and 2.8 million students, nearly 66 percent of whom are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.


NH’s Only Grant Awardee!  New Hampshire Somersworth City School System Somersworth, New Hampshire Grant Type: Planning; $41,093 Somersworth School District will:

  1.  develop a district-wide compost and food waste reduction program,
  2.  provide professional development for teachers to utilize school gardens as outdoor classrooms,
  3. increase farm to school learning opportunities for students in the after-school and summer programs, and
  4. develop a local foods procurement plan with the school food service department.

For the complete list of award winners, go to:


HP Printer Cartridge UPDATE

I am happy to report that the unused HP ink cartridges we recovered at a Trash On the Lawn Day event have been accepted by Goodwill Industries in Concord.  If Goodwill cannot move them through the store, they have a GoodTech Program that refurbishes computers and printers that may be able to find them a home.  Your school may want to consider this option when they upgrade equipment and have unused inventory.

I am so happy we were able to keep them out of the landfill!



Acceleration East HS sends pics


Acceleration East HS in Orlando, Florida was excited to send some pictures of their club members in action.  Here’s a gallery:



Special thanks to club advisor Alka Singh for the pictures!  Keep up the great work!


What has your recycling club been up to?

Send us your pictures and we’ll share them in our next newsletter!






We’ve already started planning our 10th Annual School Recycling Conference & Expo in 2019!

Early Bird Discount of 10% if you confirm before 12/31/18



To pre-register, contact Gwen Erley TODAY to schedule any of the above items.  603-736-4401 ext. 19 OR email

Want to know what you missed this year? For all the 2018 Award Winners, Presentations, Press Releases and Photos, check out our 2018 Conference page!


Many thanks to our proud supporter, NH the Beautiful! Schools in NH received 1/2 off their registrations in 2018, defraying the cost so that more students and teachers could attend.  We hope that more NH schools can take advantage of this program in 2019.

NH the Beautiful also added a new $500 School Recycling Innovation Grant in 2018. Start planning your essays now and maybe your school will receive a check at the next Conference!


A Note from Team Trash Girl – 2018 Special Recognition Award


Dear Gwen,

Thank you so much for sharing Nadia’s story and for letting us know the response!

She is determined to spread the word about litter and plastic and you have just helped her to do that for which she is very grateful.

For every person who picks up their 3 pieces each day the world gets a little bit better. Please tell all those who helped they are #litterheroes.

Nadia is overwhelmed that there is a plaque made for her, she never expected anything like this at all and it is very kind of you.

We are trying to keep Nadia’s Instagram up to date and she now has her own section on The Outdoor Guide. She has been contacting companies asking them to rethink their single use plastic and it’s amazing to see the responses.

I will forward you some photos in due course.

Many thanks and Best Wishes,

Paula Sparkes (Nadia’s Mom)



To learn more about Team Trash Girl, you can read her Special Recognition Press Release and check out her Facebook page at:







The Triple Crown of Town & Gown

Three webinars on Green Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality


It’s been a busy summer and NRRA was proud to present three, 1.5-hour recorded webinars hosted by NRRA Staff.

Learn how to keep your family, students, employees and community safe from toxic chemicals, promote safer personal care products, and how to safely dispose of hazardous household materials. Sign up by clicking on the link(s) below to view the recorded webinars.

Professional Development Certificates are available! After you view the webinar, just email to get the survey link. Once your survey is submitted, we will contact you about your certificate.

Healthy Home, Clean Waters

Recorded: Friday, June 8 at 2 pm

Participants investigate household toxins, cleaning chemicals and personal care products. They learn how to identify toxic products, why it matters to human health and the environment, how to safely dispose of toxics and how to make or find safer alternatives in the market place.

Registration Link :

Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning

Recorded: Wednesday, June 27 at 2 pm

School building occupants are at risk of exposure to many indoor air quality hazards such as cleaning chemicals, varnishes, maintenance issues, improper storage of art/science/voc tech chemicals. This workshop explores such risks and how green cleaning practices can significantly improve school health.

Registration Link:

Things That Go Boom!

Recorded: Tuesday, July 10 at 1 pm

This workshop analyzes hazardous substances dropped off at transfer stations, how to distinguish/separate types of hazardous waste and how to properly store and dispose of safely according to state and federal laws.

Registration Link :

About the Town & Gown Grant

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



Inquiring Minds Want to Know!  Take Our Quick 10-Question IAQ Survey!

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

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 in 2017 with Star Assessments being done at each school.  We have been surveying staff at all seven schools on their current recycling efforts.  Programming will be provided this school year.

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

Teacher/Staff/Student Volunteers Needed:  We will be looking for a representative from each Keene 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, Programs Coordinator 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.




White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Continues for 2018-19 School Year

Workshops and Technical Assistance Available

Vermont – We have completed our first and started our second round of outreach to schools in the White River Alliance Solid Waste District in Eastern/Central, VT. Educator Charen Fegard met with two schools in November of 2017 and March of 2018.

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.

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

For more information, please contact The CLUB at


Rutland County SWAC SWIP Outreach Ramping Up for 2019

Vermont – NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB has completed our school outreach efforts for the 2017-2018 School year on behalf of the Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (RCSWAC). We met with two more Rutland County schools in April. Our goal is to assist with Act 148, Universal Recycling compliance.

Outreach will resume next spring for the 2018-2019 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.

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

For more information, please contact The CLUB at




Over the Summer . . .

Keeping it Clean at the World Cup

From our Friends at Waste Advantage Magazine


Japanese World Cup Fans Cleaned Up the Stadium After They Won. Now Others Are Doing It.


After Japan surprisingly swept Colombia aside at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, the country’s fans did something even more shocking: They swept up after themselves.


Learn More>


From our Friends at


Youths Work to Combat Plastic Pollution at Ocean Heroes Bootcamp in New Orleans

Nearly 1,000 youths ages 11 to 18 are joining together to learn how to reduce plastic pollution in their communities.

Mallory Szczepanski | Jun 04, 2018

The first-ever Ocean Heroes Bootcamp, hosted both virtually via Ocean Wise and at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans June 2 to 4, is bringing together nearly 1,000 youths ages 11 to 18 to collaborate with each other and to develop ideas for reducing plastic pollution in their communities.

The bootcamp, which is supported by 10 environmental organizations that have committed to reducing plastic, are challenging youths to come up with effective and efficient solutions for the reduction of plastic straws, which pollute the world’s waters and harm marine life.

Click Here for the Full Article


From our friends at


An A-Peeling Idea: Waste Firms Team Up to Recycle Citrus Peel

June 7, 2018

European waste management giant Renewi has announced it is working with Dutch start-up PeelPioneers to turn waste citrus peel into usable products.

The companies said the goal was to provide a 100 per cent circular solution for processing the 250 million kg of citrus peels that are thrown away in the Netherlands each year.

Under the partnership Renewi will collect peels from supermarkets and catering companies and transport them to PeelPioneers’ new plant which will be based at Renewi’s Son site in the Netherlands.

The peels plant, which is due to come fully online this autumn, will be able to process between 25,000kg and 50,000kg of citrus peel each day, turning it into essential oils and citrus pulp which will be used as ingredients in products such as detergents and high-quality animal feeds.

The companies said that every 1,000kg of peels processed will provide enough detergent to clean 4,500 square metres of floor or produce healthy supplementary feed for 200 cows, while cutting carbon emissions by 220kg.

They also argued that processing citrus peel separately from other organic waste streams can deliver wider benefits, as peels can contaminate composting or digestion processes.

To read the full story, visit




From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation


Fashion & Fun for a Wildlife-Friendly Future


Recycling has never looked so good! NWF Eco-School students from PS 34 once again put on an incredible Eco-Fashion Show, debuting these phenomenal fashion designs made entirely out of recycled and upcycled items.



It’s fifteen minutes before show time.

Twenty-four student models are lining up, anxiously waiting for the show to begin. You can tell that the students are nervous but still, they are laughing and smiling as the teachers and professional models stand by them and calm their butterflies. 

On April 27, 2018, P.S. 34 – one of four Greenpoint Eco-Schools – hosted their Second Annual Eco-Fashion Show.  After spending up to four months designing and crafting a garment with their families, students from Pre-K to 5th grade debuted their creations made of recycled and upcycled items, including packing peanuts, newspapers, LED lights, discarded plastic bags and cups, and more.

For the entire story, go to:|MTOther

From our Friends at Waste360

TRASHed at Coachella: Snapshots of Artist-decorated Recycling Bins

By Mallory Szczepanski

How do creative and eco-friendly artists kick off their 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival festivities? By getting trashed, of course. Through a competition dubbed TRASHed Coachella: Art of Recycling, artists are challenged to design 65-gallon and 6-inch miniature recycling bins that will be put on display at the festival to encourage attendees to rethink their trash and start recycling.


From our Friends at


Captain Trash Wheel Reports for Duty at Masonville Cove, Md.

The new trash wheel will help prevent debris and litter from entering the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River.

Waste360 Staff | Jun 08, 2018


Captain Trash Wheel, which is designed to prevent litter and debris from entering the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, launched at Masonville Cove, Md., on Tuesday. In addition to helping keep the waters surrounding the Port of Baltimore clean, it will help “engage students’ continued enthusiasm to learn more about environmental stewardship, the Port of Baltimore and Masonville Cove’s educational opportunities.”

Captain Trash Wheel, which is the third trash wheel to launch in the area, underwent extensive training before its launch, clearing 3.7 tons during the training period.

For the full story, go to:


From our Friends at Waste360 Daily Wire



Internet-Controlled Trash Robot Will Clean Up the Chicago River


By Hunter Kuffel

The Chicago River is getting a new janitor who will never need a lunch break or a sick day. Trash Robot, an aptly named trash-collecting robot built by Chicago-based nonprofit Urban Rivers, is set to make its maiden voyage later this year.

Click here for the FULL ARTICLE

To learn more about Urban Rivers and their floating gardens, CLICK HERE



From our Friends at the National Audubon Society


2018 Audubon Photography Winners

Amateur Honorable Mention – Scott Suriano

The results are in and the winners have been announced in the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards Contest.

To see all the winners, CLICK HERE!



Just in Time for Fall . . .


From our Friends at

Operation Warm Launches Eco-friendly Coat, The Green Guardian™

April 26, 2018

Operation Warm, a national nonprofit that creates brand new,  high-quality coats and gifts them to children in need, has developed a new sustainable coat called the Green GuardianTM, as part of its ‘more than a coat’ program, debuting on Earth Day.

For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated worldwide to support environmental protection. Upwards of 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

Earth Day: Ending Plastic Pollution

This year, Earth Day is focused on ending plastic pollution, which is a growing epidemic. In 2014 alone, over 30 million tons of plastics were landfilled in the United States. A single plastic bottle can take nearly 500 years to decompose.

Just in time for Earth Day and this year’s mission to end plastic pollution, Operation Warm is thrilled to announce The Green Guardian™, its new eco-friendly coat made of recycled plastic bottles. Operation Warm’s goal is to manufacture and provide 15,000 Green Guardian™ coats to children in need across North America this coming fall.

The Green Guardian™ – Developed to Keep Kids Warm and Help the Planet

“The world is in crisis with this plastic pollution. Our mission is to serve children in need, but if we can help save the environment at the same time, it’s a win-win,” explains Dick Sanford, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation Warm.

The Green Guardian™ coat’s shell, fleece, and lining are made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) also called #1 plastics, most commonly used to manufacture plastic bottles. “Our eco-friendly coat is stylish and durable. It has been designed to withstand hours of playing outdoors and to protect against harsh winter temperatures. However, The Green Guardian™ also addresses the plastic bottle crisis and gives us an opportunity to further educate children about environmentalism.”

Each Green Guardian™ coat will keep the equivalent of 32 plastic bottles out of landfills and oceans. In 2018 alone, Operation Warm’s Green Guardian™ will save nearly500,000 recycled plastic bottles. “The Green Guardian™ will be our contribution to the crisis that we have in this world; our little drop in the bucket,” Sanford continues. “I personally believe it is everyone’s responsibility to help others, and this is how Operation Warm can support kids and help the planet.”

To learn more about supporting children in need with Green Guardian™ coats, visit


Something to Chew on . . .


From our Friends at Waste Advantage Magazine


Turning Gum Into Gumdrops?


World Hacks: A Surprising New Afterlife for Chewing Gum

 March 6, 2018

British designer Anna Bullus is on a mission to recycle chewing gum into useful objects, cleaning up our streets in the process.

More than £14bn is spent on chewing gum around the world each year, but a lot of that gum will end up stuck to the ground.

Gum is the second most common type of street litter after cigarette materials.  In the UK, councils spend around £50m each year cleaning up the mess.

But Anna had an idea. What if the sticky stuff could actually be recycled and turned into useful objects?

For the full story, go to:






Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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


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


Crayola wants you to Thank a Teacher for a chance to win!

Create and upload a teacher thank-you for a chance to win a $10,000 classroom makeover, $1,000 for you and your teacher and even have your thank-you note featured on a box of Crayola crayons!

Enter daily for a chance to win a weekly $500 for you and a teacher!

Runs 7/1/18 to 8/25/18

To enter, click here:



From our Friends at New England Grassroots Fund


Grassroots Grants


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 – apply anytime!
  • Grow grants – grants up to $3,500 to groups working to expand existing projects and broaden their scope – due March 15 & Sept. 15

For more information, go to:



From our Friends at Lowe’s


Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes

It’s that easy when you take advantage of Lowe’s Small Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and is dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Small Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

Now in its 12th year of helping build better schools and communities, the

Lowe’s Courtesy Photo

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $54 million to more than 12,000 schools across the country.

Imagine what you could do for your school

Let us know your ideas to make your school a better place and we can help you fulfill them.

The Fall 2018 grant cycle will be open for applications August 6, 2018.

There are typically two Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant cycles in a school year. The spring 2018 deadline is 11:59pm EST on February 9, 2018. The fall 2018 deadline is 11:59pm EST on September 28, 2018. Lowe’s reserves the right to close the application process if 1500 applications are received.

For more information, go to:



From our Friends at International Compost Awareness Week


ICAW Poster Contest 

Starting September 1st.


Based on this year’s theme, start getting your creative juices flowing and plan to enter the 2019 ICAW Poster Contest. Your poster design will be displayed in thousands of places across the country…and you’ll win a $500 prize too.

For more details on the ICAW Poster Contest and how to enter Click Here or go to:



Project Learning Tree

GreenWorks! Grants


Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.

The projects provide opportunities for student leadership and partner students with their whole school, local businesses and community organizations, and natural resource professionals. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, restore a natural habitat, and more.

GreenWorks! projects encourage students to use their creativity and imagination and develop other 21st century skills such as collaboration and teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving. They provide students with opportunities to employ STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and introduce students to green careers. By blending community service with the academic curriculum, students are “learning by doing” through these projects.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online, that provides training, lesson plans, and other resources to help integrate these projects and environmental education into your curriculum or youth programs.

The annual deadline to apply is September 30.
Funding will be distributed in December.

 To learn more, go to:




Attention All H.S. Seniors


From our Friends at A-1 Auto Transport

A-1 Scholarship Details – Currently Accepting Submissions For 2019

*A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. will NOT share, sell, rent or otherwise transfer any student information.

How much is the scholarship?

Three awards worth $1,000, $500, and $250 will be awarded under the A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship every year. The scholarship will be sent directly to the school/university/college’s financial aid office.

Who is eligible?

Any current, full-time, part-time student of an accredited or non-accredited institute, truck driving school or other logistics program, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to become eligible. There is no requirement of minimum age.

Last date to apply for the scholarship program is March 10, 2019.

For details, go to:







Sadly … the end of the Great American Can Roundup.

The Great American Can Roundup is no more. However, Al the Can can still provide your school with great tips about can recycling and how to start a recycling program.

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


NRRA is proud to make our RecycleMobiles available for your school and community 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






From our Friends at NH Dept. of Environmental Services


Conant High School takes top honors at 2018 NH Envirothon Competition

NHDES Assistant Commissioner, Clark Freise, stands with the winners of the 2018 NH Envirothon from Conant High School: (left to right) Carly LaBrecque, Ellie Graff, Emily Chen, Delaney Hirsch and Anna Graff. They are now headed to the North American Envirothon.

The 2018 competition saw 20 high school teams and three middle school teams vie for the top prize at the New Hampshire Envirothon during daylong festivities on May 22, 2018, hosted by the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, and sponsored once again by the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts.

Conant High School Team #2 from Jaffrey, New Hampshire emerged as the overall winner. Conant High School was also the top vote-getter in 2017. Its 2018 team members include Carly LaBrecque, Delaney Hirsch, Anna Graff, Emily Chen and Ellie Graff. Their advisor is Margie Clark-Kevan. Concord High School’s Team #4 achieved second place honors and Concord’s Team #3 placed third, following stops at the Aquatics, Soils, Wildlife and Forestry sites. Teams also honed their presentation skills through the use of a PowerPoint presentation to a group of volunteer judges focusing on this year’s theme of The Ecology of Pasturelands. Awards were bestowed on the winners by Clark Freise, Assistant Commissioner of NHDES.

As the 2018 winners, Conant High School will now represent New Hampshire at the North American Competition to be held from July 22-28 at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. The official theme for the national competition is Western Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views. For more information about the national event, see the National Conservation Foundation’s Envirothon website at: https://www.envirothon. org/. For more information on the New Hampshire Envirothon, please visit:



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




Beat the Heat and Make a Treat!


From our friends at


How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag


If your kids are craving a deliciously delightful craft to bust up boredom this summer, then we promise they’ll absolutely adore this How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag recipe. This budget-friendly kids’ recipe is made from ingredients that you probably have at home, meaning no last-minute trips to the store. Kids of all ages will love experimenting with making their own tasty treats by mixing a few simple ingredients together and shaking them up in a bag. Before they even know it, they’ll be enjoying delectable ice cream that they can garnish with their favorite toppings like chocolate syrup, colorful sprinkles, and, of course, a cherry on top.

This DIY kids’ craft is perfect for large groups of kids, making it perfect for classrooms, Girl Scout troops, or youth groups. This free craft for kids is an excellent project for elementary students, as it combines a fun hands-on project with beginner science and chemistry. This edible kids’ craft teaches kids the chemistry behind ice, salt, and exothermic reactions, making it ideal for teachers. The best part about this easy recipe is that kids can enjoy their yummy desserts after their science lesson. Whether your kids make this cool homemade ice cream recipe at home or school, we guarantee this kids’ craft is sure to become a quick favorite.

  • Estimated Cost: Under $10
  • Time to Complete: Under an hour
  • Materials: Food
  • Primary Technique: Food Crafting
  • Materials List
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 4 cups crushed ice
    • 4 tablespoons Kosher salt
    • 2 quart-sized plastic bags
    • 1 gallon-sized freezer bag
    • Hand towels or gloves to keep freezing from freezing
    • Your favorite ice cream toppings!

For all the instructions, to go:

Are You Prepared? DIY Locker Organization Tips

From our Friends at


We put together this gallery of DIY locker organizing ideas to help you get ready.  Make your locker your home base for the new school year by giving it your own unique touch!








09/03/18 – Green Apple Day of Service Registration Opens – To register, visit

10/10/18 – Walk to School Day – To register your school event:

11/02/18 – Y.E.S. Summit –  The Vermont Youth Environmental Summit for grades 7-12 held at the Barre Civic Center. To learn more and register, contact:

11/02/18 – Students for Zero Waste – 5th Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, November 2 & 3, 2018.  For more info: 

11/15/18 – America Recycles Day – An initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. For ideas, contact

03/18/19 – Global Recycling Day – The second annual celebration from the Bureau of International Recycling!  For more information, visit:

03/22/19 – World Water Day – To plan your event, visit

04/22/19 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit

04/26/19 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit

05/08/19 – Bike to School Day – To register your school event:

05/??/19 – NRRA’s 38th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo (TBD)

05/??/19 – School CLUB’s 10th Annual School Recycling Conference (TBD) (the Conference within the Conference); Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful. 10% discount if your school confirms by 12/31/18!

06/05/19 – World Environment Day – To plan your event, visit

06/08/19 – World Oceans Day – To plan your event, visit




Let’s Get this Recycling Bus on the Road!





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