Sunday, March 8, 2009

One more item kept from those landfills!

Terracycle is at it again!
I signed on to check my drink pouch status, and found that they are ready to start collecting CHIP BAGS!
Every week, the students in my class have snack day, where they consume a variety of Frito-Lay chip products. Now, we can upcycle these bags into something else.
While I would prefer to reduce or eliminate the need for these bags, I understand that these students are not going to give up their snacks! Thus showing them that upcycling these previously disposed of items will increase their awareness. They are very keen on giving me drink pouches and cookie wrappers so I am very sure they will be keen on giving me their chip bags!

The drink pouch brigade has been running much more smoothly as of late and I only have another 2,000 drink pouches in my studio that are awaiting their turn to be sent to Terracycle. I mentioned to my students that after Spring Break I will begin collecting bags again, but that I would only accept rinsed out bags. (I just KNOW that they have been stockpiling the pouches since December and that the pouches will be moldy and smelly! If they have been opened and rinsed, they will not have that problem!)

That way, I can continue to ship out pouches over the summer and keep up the recycling efforts I have already started!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Donors Choose helps Teachers!

As most of you know, I have been very successful with my projects that I have posted with a website called

My third project was recently fully funded, and my class will be receiving a large library of Mythology books!!

Two of my colleagues have posted projects to the site, here is one for a 4th grade class: share

I have one that is in review, as does my other colleague who teaches 5th grade. Once they are approved, I will update this blog.

In the meantime, please SPREAD THE WORD!! Anyone can donate any amount to these projects, and any amount will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

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Sunday, March 1, 2009


Yes folks, it does snow in Tennessee!
These are our young pine trees, you can see that they are suffering under the weight of the snow!

This is looking towards our garage, and all you can see is trees and SNOW!

This is a view of our pond, which is NOT frozen!