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Trick or Trash Spotlight: Lyndsie Dempsey of Clark Elementary

Trick or treat focus: Clark Elementary

's Lyndsie Dempsey. Last week, I wrote an article about the results of the trick or treat event in 2020, which took place throughout October, and for many participants, it now runs until November.

Designed to help reduce waste accumulated around Halloween each year by providing schools and small businesses with safe and easy-to-assemble recycling bins that can be filled with discarded candy wrappers and other snack packaging, more than 730 schools and small businesses in the United States All 50 states participated in Trick or Treat in 2020.

In order to follow up the event, I want to talk to an educator who participated in this year’s and last year’s events to understand how the "Trick or Treat" program works in the field. I am very happy to talk to Lyndsie Dempsey, a fourth-grade teacher at Clark Elementary School in Paducah, Kentucky.

If you are an educator or small business owner and are interested in participating in the "Trick or Treat" event next year to inspire your community to recycle on Halloween and throughout the year, please read on!

I participated in Trick or Trash last year. What attracted you to participate in Trick or Trash for the first time, and how is Trick or Trash 2020 different from 2019?

Last year, I was attracted by Trick or Trash because it promised to help me promote recycling to elementary school students. As a fourth grade teacher and lighthouse coordinator at Clark Elementary School, I am very happy to have the opportunity to introduce this leadership program into our school.

Last year, 100% of the students in our Clark Elementary School participated in the trick-or-treating activities. Although we still face obvious obstacles due to the implementation of the COVID-19 procedures in the school, we are determined to reach the same milestones this year, and approximately The fact that 35% of students participate in virtual learning.

In addition to comparing with last year, we have taken obvious safety measures this year, including ensuring that students wear masks and gloves, and wash their hands frequently. This year our children have been eating lunch in the classroom, so we made the lunch room and realized that we need to take away their garbage. The box is placed nearby.

We have also placed a "throw away" container of "trick or treat" outside the school, so that parents of students can easily learn to throw away their candy wrappers in a virtual way, as well as students collect from clubs and communities after school. The wrapping paper, in a safe way. Some children even wrote letters on local Facebook groups, asking their neighbors to save their candy wrappers and put them in their mailboxes so they could take them to school.

What do your students like most about Trick or Trash?

So many things! They really like to know what happens when the wrapping paper is placed in the “trick or treat” recycling container. (They will be happy when we tell them all the things that can be recycled, such as park benches, game sets, and even new candy wrappers!)

At the beginning of this year’s "Trick or Treat" event, I shared the lesson plan with our teacher every morning (provided by Rubicon and the National Wildlife Federation!) The importance of recycling instead of sending items to landfill Sex, and how they can become better recyclers at home and school.

How do you teach the "Trick or Treat" lesson plan at school?

Day by day, more and more students are beginning to realize recycling and its benefits to the planet. Through this leadership project, students learned how important recycled materials (such as our “trick or treat” trash) are to our economy.

We have been teaching them that recycling is essential to the so-called "circular economy", a system designed to phase out pollution and waste, and gradually introduce products and solutions with longer lifespans and a wide range of uses. Not only is it important for students to understand the principle of "recycling", but it also motivates them to know what new products their recycling work can produce!

What are the most common questions you get from students, parents, and other teachers about trick-or-treating?

The most common question I get from parents and other teachers is "How can we make it as easy as possible for our students to do trick-or-treating?" To answer this question, I often send them Rubicon and NWF lesson plans, So that they have a basic understanding of themselves. This year, we also provided children with a "Boo Bag" through the Family Resource Center, which contains children's books, pencils, bookmarks, water bottles and other Halloween-themed gifts. "Boo Bag" also includes a sandwich bag with instructions for the "Trick or Treat" leadership project. We feel that by providing this, we will encourage more families to participate, and let our parents and the community cooperate with us for "trick or treat".

The most common question I receive from students is "Can I recycle this?" To help answer this question, we created a poster board last year showing the different wrapping papers that can be put in the box so they have it Acceptable examples, they can decide for themselves. They are always very excited to ask this question! They want to recycle as much as possible, but our teacher needs to stop them and teach them what they can and what can’t.

Finally, what is the most common candy wrapper in your Trick or Trash box?

I would say M&Ms, followed by Snickers and Sour Patch Kids! We have a basket in every classroom and can walk around after lunch and at the end of the day. Students with baskets like to say "I'm here to collect your tricks or treats!"

Katie Kinnear is Rubicon’s senior manager of social media and engagement, and was the inspiration for creating trick-or-treating events. To stay ahead of the new global partnerships and cooperation announced by Rubicon, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us immediately.

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