I never win classroom competitions.
I once tried to save box tops for a year+ and asked (nay begged, badgered, demanded) all of my family member, friends, and even not-so-friends to save them with me.
That was the year that we didn’t have a competition… first in the history of the school. What?!
No pizza party for my students.
No ice cream afternoon with sprinkles and a movie!
But that’s all about to change; we have a recycling trophy! Can you believe that my school hasn’t recycled… ever. “Hello 21st century, we are the slow pokes that throw away paper- in the garbage!” We may as well forego other recent inventions electricity and plumbing, too!
Back to me winning. I have a bit of a competitive streak. I actually won’t play cards at the in-law’s holiday parties. WON’T.
So when it comes to something I have a shot at—like a recycling trophy—I’m all in!
I have devised a plan. First watch the recycling bin like a beefy bouncer at the hottest nightclub in the biggest coolest city. That was okay for about .5 seconds until I realized I teach 6 year-olds. They can’t go for more than .6 seconds without me which is both charming and totally-um…. you know… not-so-charming.
So I devised a NEW PLAN! This is actually working!
One very hot, humid, almost 100 degree mid-August day, I very delicately crafted a designer-quality cover for my recycling bin. Okay, I made 2 cardboard flaps. The flaps are for the custodial staff; when you flip the can, the flaps stay attached and the stuff comes out. You know, like flaps do.
But when the flaps are closed, they make a small rectangular slit that only allows paper-like substances to go through! I was inspired by the public-friendly version at the airport. You know the kind- round for cans, rectangle for paper.
To top it off (literally), I added pictures of things that are allowed and not allowed.
So far, not a single used tissue, not one string cheese wrapper, not even a snack baggie has gone into our recycle bin!!!
Recycling award~ HERE I COME!
However, the competition is both rigged (each class gets the darn award for a week), and canceled (because apparently we know how to recycle well enough now).
Oh well… happy very early Earth Day!
At least the environment wins!