By the end of the school year, Jeff Jackson’s fifth grade class at Gulfport Elementary sent 700 pounds of white paper and 100 pounds of plastic to a remanufacturing facility instead of the county waste-to-energy facility. There, the paper and plastic will be bought by recyclers and find new life as another product, such as trash bags or newsprint.
Every week, Jackson’s students visited each classroom and collected the blue recycling bins. They dumped the recycling into larger bins and brought it back to their classroom.
Back in the classroom, the ESE (exceptional student education) students would use a scale to weigh the recyclables. They also used what Jackson taught them about decimals to figure out how many pounds of recycling they collected throughout the school year.