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April 2023
Volume: 33 Issue: 6
Growin' Green Garden Market Returns!
Saturday, May 6th
9:00am - 1:00pm
Join SCARCE for a day in the green garden! This year's market will include mini workshops and crafting for kids, as well as native plant sales and other eco-vendors on site. You can also check out the gardening books on sale and bring your gardening tools for sharpening.

Preorders are available for organic seedlings, rain barrels, and food scrap amended compost!

Visit the SCARCE website for details or print a flyer for your school.
P is for Paint
ABC's of Smart Recycling
Thinking about sprucing up your classroom or home?
This month's blog post covers tips for making your painting projects, and clean-up, as eco-friendly as possible.

District 45 is an Environmental Champion
Congratulations to Villa Park District 45 Early Childhood Center (ECC) for earning an Earth Flag. The ECC found creative ways to engage students in conservation activities, including a March Madness Recycling Game (see photo below.)

For over 20 years, District 45 has had an extremely active Conservation Committee, made up of teachers from all 9 school buildings, the district's superintendent, the district's energy manager, and SCARCE's Executive Director, Kay McKeen. The committee is responsible for many of the district's green initiatives. What a win for the earth!
Morning celebration: Health Office RN Ruth Toyama, SCARCE Executive Director Kay McKeen, Superintendent Dr. Anthony Palmisano, DuPage County Board members Liz Chaplin and Paula Deacon Garcia (Vice-Chair of the Environmental Committee), and ECC Principal Kelly Nettleton.
Ardmore Elementary School fifth grade teacher and eco club sponsor, Melanie Torto, displays collected bread tags.
Afternoon celebration: SCARCE Executive Director Kay McKeen, DuPage County Board members Sheila Rutledge (Chair of the Environmental Committee) and Yeena Yoo, ECC Principal Kelly Nettleton, and Superintendent Dr. Anthony Palmisano.
Health Office RN Ruth Toyama, who oversees environmental initiatives at ECC, gathers recycling items.
Check out this year's Sustainable Design Challenge!
Come see the amazing models created by the students of DuPage County on April 18, from 9am - 11am at the DuPage County Complex Building in Wheaton.

Students Visit SCARCE
Westminster Preschool (Glen Ellyn) students learned about the 3Rs and made recycled paper.
Local Scouts learned how physical impairments, such as blindness, affect a person's ability to navigate space. They also created Super Crayons for individuals with dexterity control issues.
Green Your School This Spring!
Create a Waste Free Lunch Day
Help your school plan a waste free lunch day as part of your spring activities. Resources are available through the website. Or stop by SCARCE and pick up a Waste Free Lunch poster for your school!

Educators, parents, and students are also invited to explore EPA resources on recycling and reuse which include games, activities and tools for school officials and administration. Learn more here.
Don't forget about preventing food waste -- April 26 is Stop Food Waste Day.
Musical Instruments Available
Spring is concert season!
Do your students need instruments? SCARCE has a collection of instruments available for music teachers working in schools and non-profits.

Visit the SCARCE website to learn more about the instruments available for students. Our thanks to DuPage Foundation for grant funds which helped SCARCE to repair donated instruments for reuse.
Start Your End-of-Year
Clean-Out Planning Now
Don't trash your classroom at the end of the year! Plan now to help your students recycle unwanted school supplies. Read our What to Do with Locker Leftovers blog post.

Or contact SCARCE to arrange for an end-of-year drop-off of classroom collections and locker clean outs. SCARCE repurposes these items, making them available to teachers and students throughout the Chicagoland area.
Is Your School EV Ready?
Electric vehicles are growing more and more popular. Does your school offer a charging station?

Learn more about electric vehicles and charging stations in DuPage County in this video created by the county. Link to YouTube video.

Congratulations to Naperville District 203 for purchasing 4 EV buses!
Spring Means LOTS of Upcoming Eco-Activities!
Thursday, April 6
Cantigny Park in partnership with League of Women Voters
Wednesday, April 12
Sierra Club River Prairie Group & Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Saturday, April 22
Wednesday, April 26
Friday, April 28
Saturday, April 29
Wheaton Native Plant Sale 8:30-11:00am at Wheaton Public Works Yard
Saturday, May 6
International Compost Awareness Week
May 7-13

International Compost Awareness Week is celebrated around the world during the first full week of May. The goal is to work together to raise awareness on why we all should be composting our organics recycling and using compost.

This year's theme is:
"For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food...Compost!"

If your school is composting, congratulations -- and let us know!
Saturday Recycling Events
April 8
April 15
April 22
April 29
Thank you, Volunteers!
It's been great having students on Spring Break join our team these past couple of weeks!

Students 14 and older can help at our facility on days off from school, or they can help us gather items at community recycling events on Saturday mornings.

Contact for details.
Caitlin from Willowbrook High School helps Rose with reuse and recycling projects
Upcoming Special Dates
Easter Holiday Weekend
OPEN Half-day Friday, April 7 9am-12noon
CLOSED Saturday, April 8

Regular Hours for Reuse Center and
Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Donation Hours
Tuesday-Friday 9am-2pm
*For 5 or more boxes, call to make an appointment
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by
the DuPage County Board, Deborah Conroy, Chair,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Rachel Carlson, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy,
Jean Kent, Emily King, Rose Naseef, Caroline Prichard, Carina Ruscitti & Julie Wachowski
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 190000000000000
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program.