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Peaks Student Trash Project To Get Mayoral Stamp of Approval

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Peaks Student Trash Project To Get Mayoral Stamp of Approval
Posted on 05/31/2016
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Peaks Island Elementary School students launched a project earlier this year called RRR-Evolution – Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and evolution or change. The purpose of the project was to learn the impact on the island of all the trash residents generate. Now the mayor of Portland is coming to Peaks to “commission” some solutions that the students designed and built to help deal with that trash: a compost container and a returnables container.

Mayor Ethan Strimling and Portland city councilors Ed Suslovic and Belinda Ray are slated to visit the school on Tuesday, June 7, for the culminating event of the RRR-Evolution project. Parents and the community also are invited to participate in a gallery walk of the work that students in kindergarten through grade 5 did to explore the question: “What impact does trash have on our island community?” Student art and writing will be featured.

The event begins at 10 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., Strimling and the councilors will arrive for the commissioning of the containers for compost and returnables. “These two pieces will be a permanent feature at our Peaks Island Elementary School as we move to a Green Schools of Choice status in the coming year,” said the school’s teacher leader, Renee Bourgoine-Serio.

Activities during the RRR-evolution project have included school staff and students carrying around all their own trash for a week to get a sense of how much waste they produce; sorting and weighing their trash with the help of ecomaine waste management; and then traveling to the mainland to follow their trash to ecomaine, to see what happens when it leaves the island.

The project has involved math and reading and focused on writing and science, particularly engineering.