At School…Have an Exchange Day
Elementary and secondary schools . . .
Barter Day Students clean their closets and drawers and
bring in those items they no longer need or want. Each participant is
given a table or uses their desktop to display items for trade. Students
check out each other’s selection and negotiate exchanges. No money is
used. This activity can build communication and entrepreneurship skills.
Book Exchange or Drive Many students have outgrown books
and do not have younger siblings to whom they can pass on well read and
often, gently used books. A book exchange could be developed similarly
to the Barter Day above. Another option for exchange would be a selecting
a central location where all books are dropped off. Students would choose
one book for each book they bring in to trade. This could be an ongoing
project or a one-day event.
A book drive would be an opportunity to benefit others
outside the school.
The Laubach Literacy Center of Kansas City accepts gently
used preschool through second grade reading level books for its Family
Reading Program. They can be reached at 816-333-9332.
KC Reads is a program of KU Medical Center and Children’s
Mercy Hospital. The program promotes reading in the family. Children’s
books with reading level birth to eighteen years are accepted. KC Reads
does not accept books containing stories about guns or violence. They
also cannot accept encyclopedias. Donation drop offs can be arranged by
calling the Volunteer Office at 816-234-3496.
Books can be also be donated at all locations of the Kansas
City Public Library or Mid-Continent Public Library. Items need to be
clean and free of mildew. The libraries cannot accept text books, magazines
or digest/condensed books. Collected items are added to the collection
or sold to purchase other needed books/non-budgeted items. For large donations,
contact the Kansas City Public Library for possible pick up arrangements.
Reuse Essay or Art Contest
Get students thinking about reduction and reuse of our
resources. Hold an art contest where all project parts must be used electronic
or computer components. A sample reuse essay contest problem and contest
REUSE ESSAY CONTEST RULES AND PROCEDURES
I. Writing situation – In 1990, Missouri Senate
Bill 530 was signed into law setting a solid waste reduction goal of 40
percent. In that year, Missourians sent 6.8 million tons of solid waste
to landfills. That amounted to 2,660 pounds per person, or 7.3 pounds
per day. At the end of 1997, per person solid waste disposal had dropped
to 2,040 pounds per person per year, or about 5.6 pounds of waste per
person per day. This translates to a 30 percent reduction in the waste
flow to landfills for Missouri.
Writing directions As we enter the millennium,
young people must share in the responsibility of solving environmental
problems. What solutions could help your community meet the goal of 40
percent? The focus is on the reduction and reuse of our resources, not
recycling. Cite examples that you believe would have a positive affect
on waste prevention.
II. Deadline for school site first place winners: ___________________
Send entry to:_______________________________