February 04, 2009
"A teacher is a great environmental model as he/she recycles paper, wallpaper books, egg cartons, plastic bottles for paints, plastic containers to hold science activities, and by not throwing anything away until is it totally used up. My students actually enjoy the idea that, as their teacher, I recycle as much as I can. Parents have commented how their children, my students, started to be astute about their own personal use of materials at home. The analogy is the economic reality our country is facing. It is OK to wear a sweater in the classroom. It is OK to turn off the lights as we leave the classroom. It is OK to recycle aluminum cans and plastic. It is OK to use reusable plastic containers for your lunches. It is OK to only take as much food at lunch as you are going to eat."