Reduce, Re-use, Recycled Artwork

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 01:32 PM
Reduce, Re-use, Recycled Artwork

Some area school children are getting a lesson in recycling by making art.

Students at Falls Elementary School have been collecting bottlecaps, and using them to help illustrate different scenes on a total of four boards.

Fourth grade teacher Erin Burkhart said she got the idea after visiting the doctor's office, and her students ran with the idea.

"The kids started collecting bottlecaps like crazy.  We have thousands and thousands of bottlecaps. So them it became, "What are we going to do with them?" We thought one board would be nice, and then it just kept growing and growing, so now we actually have four pieces of art that were made from recycled bottlecaps," said Burkhart.

The boards were donated to the school, and will be distributed to each of the West Muskingum school campuses.

Burkhart added that the message or recycling fits in well with the schools cirriculum.

"With the fouth grade science cirriculum, it's all about taking care of the Earth, the ecosystems, even in third grade, that's one of the content standards. So we just kind of tied it all in there together," added Burkhart.

Burkhart said the students were so excited to work on the project that they would even stay inside during recess to sort bottlecaps and work on the pieces

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