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A&E.N.Y.8th grade recycling project

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christine monti (monti81)
Sat, 1 Nov 1997 17:19:38 -0500 (EST)

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Wow, this is the first time I've actually had the guts to send something to
you guys. I've been sitting passively on the sidelines.
The Curriculum and Instruction students at SUNY New Paltz just finished
working on a project with a local middle school. Our focus was on recycling
and I think it was a great success.
The kids were broken up into groups of three with two C&I students
assigned to each group. Our goal was to get the kids to think of ways we
could reuse discarded items from the local recycling center and create
art.In the process they would also, hopefully, develop some sort of
awareness of the local environment. We started off the project with a quick
introduction of several artists who deal with environmental art. We, of
course, included Uklese
We ended up with mosaic, sculpture and an amaazing cityscape all
made from recycled materials. The principal wants to display them
throughout the school; and the kids are very proud of their work. Hopefully
this will be a project to be incorporated into the school program.
Hey, the materials are free!
One other thing. I really think those 8th graders benefitted from
having the individual attention too. They responded so well. Iguess it's
something one wouldn't get in a regular classroom

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