Should I attend a Project Learning Tree Recycling and Solid Waste Workshop?

The answer is yes! Surry County just received grant funding to jump-start its school recycling program. Read more below.

Check back soon. We are scheduling multiple curriculum workshops for this summer.

Washington, D.C. – Project Learning Tree (PLT), the national environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation, announced that it will fund 33 projects that engage students in service-learning projects that improve the environment of their schools and surrounding communities. The projects address community needs, provide opportunities for student leadership, connect to classroom curriculum, and involve the local community.

The 33 grants announced by PLT include the funding for Central Middle School, in Dobson, North Carolina. Math teacher, Martha Hyde, submitted a GreenWorks! grant proposal focused on recycling. With the grant award, the CMS Green Team will be able to expand the school's recycling efforts beyond classroom paper to include beverage containers, cans, and other materials. With new equipment, outreach, and incentives, they aim to have 100% school participation in the recycling program.

Renee Strnad, North Carolina's PLT Coordinator said, "I remember meeting Martha at a Municipal Solid Waste Workshop I did in partnership with the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance. Her passion and drive to expand the recycling program at her school was incredible, and I am just so thrilled to see that she has been awarded this grant to help support her school's efforts!"

GreenWorks! grants, ranging from $250 to $5,000, for service-learning projects are made available to educators who have attended a PLT professional development workshop and received training in environmental education and PLT curriculum materials. PLT’s 50-state network trains 30,000 PreK-12 educators every year through 1,500 workshops held across the country. For more information and a full list of grants awarded, visit www.plt.org.

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