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  April 24 – 29

MONDAY Welcome to Earth Week with our Ban the Bottle Day kickoff! Try to use reusable water bottles not just today, but every day. You can fill them at our refill stations by the gym. Let’s see how many plastic bottles we can keep out of the trash! In fact, did you know that Americans use over 2 and a half million plastic bottles every 30 minutes? That’s enough to circle the Earth 4 times! Let’s do our part here in Brielle and say NO to mindless waste!  Don’t forget to wear green tomorrow in honor of Earth Week. 

TUESDAY - Wear Green! Thanks to all of you who remembered to wear green in honor of our Earth. Did you know that recycling just one ton of paper saves around 17 trees, 463 gallons of oil, and 6,953 gallons of water, so remember to use the paper recycle bins in all of your classrooms!  Also, don’t forget to recycle at lunch.  Did you know that glass bottles can be recycled again and again? In fact, the energy saved from recycling just one bottle can light a 100 watt light bulb for 4 hours.  Remember to always recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass in your home and here at school every day! A whopping 75% of our trash can be recycled.  Don’t forget your books for tomorrow’s book swap. 

WEDNESDAY It’s Book Swap day…Hope you find some great books! Don’t forget you can always swap books with friends or pass them on to your teachers or even donate them to a local charity.  This will help add less waste to our landfills. Did you know that if every American recycled all of their newspapers, we could save 250 million trees every year??  Since people aren’t recycling as much as they should, our beautiful rainforests are being cut down by about 100 acres per minute.  Gear up for Lights Out Day tomorrow!!  In  addition to tomorrow’s reduce theme, let’s also reuse and wear a hand me down article of clothing from an older sibling, or even your parents and earn a prize at lunch tomorrow!   Just show the Ecomoms your hand me down and you can pick a prize!

THURSDAY - Lights Out Day… Let’s do our part to help reduce energy consumption in our school by shutting off lights in our classrooms and hallways.  All of our teachers will help out with this by shutting off lights in their classrooms throughout the day.  Did you know that U.S. school districts spend $6 billion each year on energy — second only to salaries. On a more local basis, kindergarten through high school buildings in the U.S. spend an average of 67 cents per square foot on electricity and 19 cents on natural gas annually. Also, don’t forget to show the Ecomoms your hand me down clothing at lunch so you can choose your prize!  Thanks for helping us reduce and reuse! Keeping with our theme of reducing energy consumption... tomorrow we will end our week with a Walk to School Day!  
FRIDAY - Walk to School Day...  Hope many of you are able to walk to school this morning and enjoy the fresh air.  Reusing, reducing, and recycling helps our environment by saving our resources and using less energy. Half of U.S. schoolchildren are dropped off at school in the family car. If 20% of those living within two miles of school were to bike or walk instead, it would save 4.3 million miles of driving per day. Over a year, that saved driving would prevent 356,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 21,500 tons of other pollutants from being emitted.