Lincoln/Roosevelt School - Kicks Off a Year Focused on Going Green

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Roxbury, NJ (October 4, 2019) – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is becoming the mantra at Lincoln/Roosevelt School this year.

It actually started late last spring with Patricia MacEwen’s math class collecting used markers to be sent to the Crayola company as part of ColorCycle, an innovative program that converts old markers into energy as well as wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles. In just the last month of school, students collected over 500 used markers.

6th Grader Edson Sanchez Castro beat boxes with Bash the Trash
6th Grader Edson Sanchez Castro beat boxes with Bash the Trash
Bash the Trash Kicks Things Off with some music(1)
Bash the Trash Kicks Things Off with some music(1)
5th Grader Chris Gilchrist lays down beats
5th Grader Chris Gilchrist lays down beats
Patricia MacEwen Math Class with Marker Collection
Patricia MacEwen Math Class with Marker Collection
Bash the Trash Trio
Bash the Trash Trio
Bash the Trash Kicks Things Off with some music
Bash the Trash Kicks Things Off with some music
Bash the Trash play on
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“This was a free easy way to help the environment,” shared MacEwen.

The collection continues this year for MacEwen’s class. In a letter shared with the staff at the school, homerooms are encouraged to help collect as many used markers as they can for this worthwhile recycling project.

“ColorCycle repurposes the entire marker, regardless of the different kinds of plastics or how they are assembled. They will recycle all brands of markers.”

Within the school, the call for shoeboxes also went out to ship the markers to Crayola. “Shipping is free so this is a FREE way for Lincoln/Roosevelt to help the environment.”

To reinforce the message of the three R’s, Kellie Ann Keyes from Roxbury Clean Communities arranged to have a Bash the Trash assembly brought to the school.

Bash the Trash, a trio of musicians presented Trash to Techno, the ultimate combination of low and high tech. Found-object sources (trash) were sampled, manipulated, and transformed through science and technology into danceable beats for the fifth and sixth graders at the school last Friday.

Students, broken down by grade levels, clapped along to the beats created on the instruments of trash. A few from each grade were even called up on stage to make and mix music for their classmates as well as lay down some beatbox beats.

This assembly not only covered how you can take trash and reuse it for another purpose but the trio also touched on the science of sound and how different sizes and materials could create different pitches and sounds.

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Schools)

  • Bash the Trash kicks things off with some music
  • 6th Grader Edson Sanchez Castro beatboxes with Bash the Trash
  • Bash the Trash Trio
  • Bash the Trash play on
  • 5th Grader Chris Gilchrist lays down beats
  • Patricia MacEwen’s 5th Grade Math Class last year with the Marker Collection (L to R): Wyatt Jorge, Halie Rosenfeld, Amaya Rosario, Paige McMillian, Robin David, Joseph Borda, Emily Rowe, Marissa D'Ambrosi, Stephanie Cabezas, Emre Perez

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