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Green Your School!

• Start a recycling program for your school. If you already one, evaluate the current program to find new ways to reduce waste and conserve more materials
• Organize a clean-up day for your school and the surrounding area
• Conserve paper by using both sides of a page in your notebooks, buy recycled paper, and make sure there is a paper recycling bin in every classroom
• Choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria
• Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle
• Choose energy-efficient appliances for everything from light bulbs and exit signs to heating systems and vending machines to help save energy and money
• Start a school garden to use compost, plant trees and flowers, and create a space for everyone to enjoy nature
• Walk or bike to school and invite your friends to join you
• Remind students, teachers, and staff of how important the environment is by posting flyers, inviting experts to speak, and watching documentaries in class
• Organize Earth Day events for your school on April 22nd
• Create an environmental mascot for your school. Have a contest to see which student or class can come up with the best mascot and slogan
• On Earth Day, everyone write down one way that can help the Earth. Take them to your principal and start a daily Help the Earth PA announcement
• Put on a play about the importance of being eco-friendly
• Have a contest and monitor the amount of trash each class disposes after lunch
• Keep a graph for about a week to see which class overall disposes the least amount of trash
• Make sure to talk to your teachers, principal, or school board about making your school a Green School
• Campaign for an anti-idling policy at your school

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