June 10, 2013
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(Charlotte, NC) MGR’s Green Community Schools Environmental Justice Club and Leadership students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Vance recently completed their 6 month, Arts in Action project: a life-size, recycled tree.
Inspiration for this project came from the desire to educate their peers about the amount of waste coming out of their cafeteria and classrooms on a daily basis. The tree is made completely from recycled items found around the school (with the exception of chicken-wire to sculpt the trunk). Materials included: old milk crates, string, paper from classroom recycling bins, cardboard boxes, styrofoam lunch trays, etc. EJC Senior, Katie Foster, said, “the tree taught me that if we work together to recycle and cherish the environment, others will follow.”
These students proved that you can truly make something amazing out of what others view as trash. The tree is now showcased in the middle of the cafeteria, reminding students of the importance of practicing the words, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”