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Bodley Mentors Fairgrieve Elementary in Recycling Program

G. Ray Bodley students visited Fairgrieve Elementary recently to help implement a new recycling program.

GRB student Zach Perry explains the importance of recycling for our environment to Fairgrieve Elementary students.
GRB student Zach Perry explains the importance of recycling for our environment to Fairgrieve Elementary students.

GRB’s recycling program began in 1987 when a student took notice of the amount of paper being thrown away by the school.

Thirty years later, the program still stands, evolving and growing.

GRB students taking a course through the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry chose to expand their school’s recycling program to Fairgrieve Elementary as their class project. Fairgrieve will be the first FCSD elementary school to implement the idea.

The ESF student group will visit Fairgrieve once a week to guide them as they start their new recycling practices.

“The high school students will show our kids how to separate materials and discuss the importance of what we are doing,” said John Mercer, sixth grade teacher and facilitator of the project at Fairgrieve.

Data-gathering is an essential part of the process; Fairgrieve students will keep track of the amount of material they recycle just as GRB does now.

Dan Mainville, biology teacher and facilitator of the GRB recycling program, says tracking helps the students to see the amount of recycled materials and areas where the school could improve.

Last year, GRB recycled 4.5 metric tons of paper, helping the environment while also saving the district about $270.

Between paper, cardboard and plastic, GRB was able to recycle about 8.5 metric tons.

“We’re very excited about the high student interest at Fairgrieve,” said Mercer. “We are changing mindsets and helping Fairgrieve and the world to be a better place.