Learn­ing all about re­cy­cling

West New­ton El­e­men­tary stu­dents take part in land­fill learn­ing lab

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Robby Byrd

Eat­ing snacks, play­ing on the com­puter and tromp­ing around in the mud — not a typ­i­cal list of ac­tiv­i­ties for a teacher’s les­son plan, but for fourth grade stu­dents at West New­ton El­e­men­tary school that is ex­actly how they spent their Tues­day morn­ing.

Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful be­gan host­ing a re­cy­cling learn­ing lab at the Re­cy­cling Pro­cess­ing Cen­ter in New­ton County. The learn­ing lab is a week­long event in which nearly 160 stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate.

Stu­dents get a glimpse into the work­ings of the land­fill as well as the re­cy­cling cen­ter through var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and tours of the fa­cil­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Lau­rie Ri­ley, pro­grams and ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist for Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful, stu­dents learn through eight dif­fer­ent work sta­tions.

“The sta­tions are set up to teach the stu­dents about var­i­ous types of pol­lu­tion and re­cy­cling,” Ri­ley said.

The sta­tion top­ics ranged from com­post­ing to wa­ter pol­lu­tion to pa­per re­cy­cling. Each sta­tion is run by a vol­un­teer from the com­mu­nity, Ri­ley said. The crowd fa­vorite is the ed­i­ble land­fill project, where stu­dents sim­u­late the anatomy of a land­fill with ed­i­ble prod­ucts then they get to en­joy their cre­ations. Funds to help with the ed­i­ble land­fill project are do­nated to Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful by the Ser­vice Guild.

Stu­dent Tyrik Grant said the time spent at the learn­ing lab was a wel­comed break from the nor­mal class­room but just as ed­u­ca­tional.

“I learned that ev­ery­body should re­cy­cle, and you shouldn’t just throw ev­ery­thing in the trash can,” Grant said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the learn­ing lab or how to vol­un­teer con­tact Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful at (770) 748-2015.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Hands-on: Jen­nifer Edgar, right, and Jil­lian Ken­tish point at stacks of re­cy­clable plas­tic bales as Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful’s Ad­min­is­tra­tive Spe­cial­ist Karen Key ex­plains how bot­tles and cans are re­cy­cled at the Re­cy­cling Pro­cess­ing Cen­ter dur­ing KCNB’s Learn­ing Lab Tues­day morn­ing. Fourth graders from David Pow­ell and Christy Archer’s classes at West New­ton El­e­men­tary School at­tended the Learn­ing Lab.

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