By Marie VandenBosch, Mikell Fuller and Ella Henry
It all started when Tahoma High School students collected bottle caps of all shapes and sizes to donate to Glacier Park Elementary School for the kids to all contribute on a recycled bottle cap art project. It is supposed to be a fun way to reuse bottle caps. It’s also fun just to use power drills.
Glacier Park was meaning to help the community by using recyclable things in their school garden.
About two weeks ago, Mrs. Haws’ students sorted all the bottle caps by color. Mrs. Haws painted four nature-based pictures on wooden boards for all the Glacier Park students to help drill on the right colored bottle caps onto the paintings.
Green Team and Garden Club have helped. Also all students can do it at recess.
On the murals there is a bee getting pollen from a flower, a landscape with flowers, a hummingbird flying near plants, and an orange and black butterfly. A lesson plan about pollinators will be included for a teacher to use when they take their class to the garden.
The students will help put the murals on Mrs. Davidson’s portable. It is supposed to be done by May 25, 2012.
Mrs. Haws thought the project has been a lot of fun and thinks the kids had fun working on it. We asked if we were going to make any more, and she said that if we were, it will probably be next year.
Mrs. Haws, who got the idea for the project from the Internet, has been wanting to do it for a couple years but did not have the bottle caps.
If you’re interested, there will be a special community night on the 30th at Glacier Park Elementary School.
Editor’s note about this story: This story was reported, written and photographed entirely by students. The “community night” referenced above is the Stormwater Pollution Neighborhood Workshop, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at Glacier Park. The event is about more than keeping our rivers clean, however. The bottle-cap art will be on display, and music students will perform. Mrs. Cathy Haws, the Green Team sponsor, and Mrs. Susie Davidson, the Garden Club sponsor, are coordinating the art project. They share a double portable that is adjacent to the school garden.
About the authors: Marie, Mikell and Ella are students in Mrs. Haws’ third-grade class at Glacier Park.
About YouthPost: The Maple Valley Post hopes that this story will be the first of many written and photographed by Tahoma students about all of the exciting projects and events at their schools. If you have an idea for YouthPost, or if you are a student who would like to write one, please email Casey Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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