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Moonachie Students Use Discarded Items to Decorate Christmas Tree

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Recycled items deck the halls in this school

THE RECORD
Monday, December 15, 2008

BY JOHN A. GAVIN

MOONACHIE — The theme this year at the Robert L. Craig School has been recycling — reusing old items that otherwise would be discarded.

There are trash receptacles made of soda cans, Styrofoam food containers that now store paint, and a collection bin for used batteries.

But perhaps the most innovative idea is a 6-foot tall Christmas tree. It is a work of art designed by students using a secondhand ladder as its base; outfitted with cardboard tubing as a dowel; and decorated with bottle caps, string, old CDs and green transparent bags once used to hold The Record newspaper.

In fact, all the holiday décor at the Craig School has taken on a recycling theme, with wreaths, mini trees and menorahs ornamented with bottle caps, buttons, worn pipe cleaners and those green bags.

“I want them to have an appreciation for art,” said Lee Ten Hoeve, an art teacher, who came up with the theme: “Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle.”

“I know that everyone doesn’t have a talent for drawing, but they can be creative and become a problem solver,” she said.

At the 285-student school, youngsters used junk mail to design collages and created an American flag using bottle caps as the stars and scrap paper for the stripes. They wore hand-me-down hospital scrubs as smocks while painting and pasting.

“It’s good for the environment.” said James Pichardo, 12, a seventh-grader. “We need to recycle a lot of things.”

That theme will also be relayed in the school’s Christmas musical, “Have a Green Holiday,” an original script about the environment that students will perform Dec. 23.

Jillian Mazzo, 12, has persuaded her mom to make homemade Christmas wreaths and said she has already learned an invaluable lesson.

“Not only should we recycle, but it’s good for the economy, too,” Jillian said. “We need to help go green and use [the green] plastic bags as much as we can.”

At school, secretaries and support staff have also caught on, making double-sided photocopies and using small note pads instead of full sheets of paper to write memos.

“It brings an awareness to all the school,” said Mark Solimo, the school’s superintendent and principal.

Alejandra Torres, 12, was philosophical about the importance of saving the environment.
“If we don’t recycle soon, the trash in the landfills will overflow,” she said. “It would be bad for all living creatures. &hellip It’s really going to affect our generation and our kids.’ “

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  1. Probably leftovers from the Ridgewood students.
    Or directly from the Medowland’s dumps.

  2. Another group of adults feeding kids a line of bull about “recycling” and being “green.”

    The left is out of control and has gone intellectually wilding with our children’s minds.

  3. I haven’t seen their school, and I’m sure that they all worked really hard, but at least they did kept it to themselves.

    They did not take a transcendent (the tree) and throw garbage at it, where before there had been a tradition of beauty and aesthetics.

  4. lol here we go again!

  5. "Alejandra Torres, 12, was philosophical about the importance of saving the environment.
    "If we don't recycle soon, the trash in the landfills will overflow," she said. "It would be bad for all living creatures. … It's really going to affect our generation and our kids.' "

    Boy this quote reminds me of when Penn & Teller did their environmental questioning on the show BullShit.

  6. Wait a second, this is at a school?!? Good for them, I’m glad they don’t ignore the holidays at their school like we do here in Ridgewood.

  7. So now the public schools are using environmentalism to replace Christmas. Didn’t Kwaanza work well enough as the replacement movement?

    How sick.

  8. “If we don’t recycle soon, the trash in the landfills will overflow,” she said. “It would be bad for all living creatures. … It’s really going to affect our generation and our kids.’ “

    Oh dear, oh dear…the sky is falling!

  9. Just another “use the children” for another lame-brained adult idea. Just like the VC vote on the toilets at Vet’s: It’s for the children’s safety.

  10. You’re still complaining about that tree…

    This is a perfect example showing that Ridgewood has no sense of reality. Other towns and cities are struggling to just keep everything running, and you guys are complaining about a tree

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