Woodsy Owl and Forest Service staff members visited Braddock Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia on Friday, Jan. 14 to kickoff the school-wide Recycling Program. Forest Service employees were part of a K-2nd grade assembly that focused on educating students about the four R’s—reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.
Tamberly Conway, Conservation Education Coordinator, along with Maritza Huerta from Sustainable Operations, gave a Spanish and English bilingual presentation to kids about how recycling benefits the environment. The students were also offered a hands-on opportunity to practice making compost, an essential part of the “rot” portion of the four R’s.
Students enjoyed meeting and interacting with Woodsy Owl throughout the program. They enthusiastically danced alongside Woodsy during his closing performance of the “Rubbish Rot Rap,” and to cheer on the recycling owl, they made “W’s” with their hands in honor of Woodsy.
As a part of a larger recycling initiative developed by the school, third through fifth grade students displayed a variety of artistic recycling projects that they had created to the younger kids. The projects included a purse made of recycled juice bags and a flower made from aluminum cans. Teachers showed a video with a “reduce, reuse, recycle” message that included images of students playing a role in these activities.
For more information on Woody Owl, visit our website.