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Canton 2 Head Start Class Learns to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

For many of us growing up, everything went into the garbage can – garbage, newspapers and magazines, plastic and aluminum cans. Then sometime in the late 60’s and early 70’s we started to see what was happening to our planet. Images of polluted streams and rivers, trash along the highways, and over-flowing landfills filled the media. Out of this, the movement to recycle was born. Today’s children know the movement as “reduce, reuse and recycle” or the three “R’s”!

Talking to preschoolers about recycling is a simple way of teaching them about caring for their environment, whether it is in the classroom, at home or out in the world. It also provides an opportunity for them to learn about how products are made and how they can be reused.

The Canton 2 classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. recently spent time studying about reduce, reuse and recycle. As part of their study, they had a visitor from the Environmental Education program at World’s End State Park, Jane Swift. Ms. Swift spoke to the children about “Earth Our Home” - the land and the water on Earth and the things that use or need water to survive. She even brought a couple of living examples with her.

The surprise visitors were spring peepers and wood frogs! The children loved hearing the sounds the animals made.

During the second part of her presentation, Ms. Swift used the model of the Earth she brought with her. She encouraged the children to be part of the Earth and to rotate around the Sun. By making that connection, that they are all a part of something bigger than themselves, the children can learn to care for the Earth; to become reducers, reusers and recyclers. Moreover, that everyone, young and old alike, have a responsibility to care for the world we live in.

Photo Caption:       Children enrolled in the Canton 2 class of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. pose with Jane Swift, Environmental Educator from World’s End State Park. Ms. Swift visited the classroom to talk about “Earth Our Home”.