SMART Launches "Recycling Rangers" Program
Promoting Clothing Recycling to Elementary Students and Teachers
SMART announces the launch of its Recycling Rangers program for elementary school teachers. The goal of this year's educational program is to heighten student, teacher and family awareness of clothing and textile recycling by engaging more than 2,500 teachers in grades Kthrough5 in its Recycling Rangers program. In addition to free lesson plans for their classrooms, teachers are also encouraged to promote recycling by organizing textile-recycling drives at their schools.
The grade-appropriate lesson plans can be downloaded at no cost by visiting
www.themailbox.com/smart. The web site also allows teachers to sign up to host their own textile recycling drive when they become a Recycling Ranger.
The Recycling Rangers program builds on the highly successful 2012-13 academic year, "Wear It? Recycle It!" lesson plan program. During the "Wear It? Recycle It!" program, more than 300,000 students learned about clothing and textile recycling.
The Recycling Rangers program includes monthly activities for teachers and students that will be used to teach children about the positive impact of clothing and textile recycling. One of the goals of the program is to have teachers become Recycling Rangers and to have their school host a clothing and textile recycling program. SMART member companies are sponsoring 14 regions throughout the United States. These companies will work with the teachers and their schools to host a textile recycling drive as part of the Recycling Ranger program.
Teachers who participate by hosting a textile recycling event have the opportunity to win monthly prizes for their classrooms.
The Recycling Rangers program continues SMART's goal of reaching more than 1 million students with the positive message of textile recycling by the end of 2015. SMART says its regional program allows its member companies to demonstrate their positive impact on local communities by making it as easy as possible for teachers to host a clothing-recycling event at their own schools.
The Recycling Ranger program runs through March 2014. In addition to the Recycling Rangers web site, teachers can learn more about the program in Learning magazine, via The Mailbox elementary school activities, in an e-newsletter, and on The Education Center's Facebook page, Twitter account and in various blogs.
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