“The children have been learning about ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ and we collected and recycled enough #2 plastic to earn credit to purchase two six-foot long picnic tables for our playground” said Kimi Harms, executive director of the Boca Grande Child Care Center. “We also purchased one table as the old tables were unusable.”
The center is extremely appreciative to the Recycled Plastic Factory in Englewood (Faye Najar and Cindy Googins), Jeff Strother of the Gasparilla Inn golf course (for many plant pots), GolfCoast Lawn Care, and George Harms (for transporting load after load of collected plastic and transporting the new tables to the playground), Sam Steyer, Isabella’s dad, for helping to move the tables, which are 320 pounds each, and everyone in Boca Grande who saved and contributed their #2 plastic.
“We are re-launching our recycling project with our families and the community,” Harms said. “We are collecting plastic caps from water, Gatorade, juice and soda bottles for recycling. Other caps of similar material are also acceptable.”
Caps can be dropped off at the child care center Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. View More images >>
“Our goal is to earn enough recycling credit to buy one four-foot table for the toddler playground, one more six-foot table for the big playground, and four six-foot tables for our outdoor classroom,” Harms said. “The children are reusing items such as plastic coffee and bleach containers to make decorated receptacles for saving their caps at home, which they will bring in to school with them each Friday on pizza day. We would be happy to make additional reused receptacles for any business or individual who would like to help with our project, just call us at 964-2885.”
On Wednesday the kids visited the Boca Grande Community Center for a Reading Is Fundamental field trip. The children planted sunflower seeds with the volunteers in pots made from reused water bottles (saved by Sean Cahill of McHugh Porter Builders), and listened to books about seeds and plants. The children also played a game about recycling and had a snack before returning to school.
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