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June 2023
Volume: 33 Issue: 8
STEM-A-PALOOZA at the DuPage County Fair July 28-30
Keep your students engaged with fun summer science activities!

Invite them to visit the STEM-A-PALOOZA shed at the DuPage County Fair. There will be hands-on, science activities for kids and older students as well as information about SCARCE summer events.

Contact SCARCE for more information about the fair.
R is for ALL the R's
ABC's of Smart Recycling
R is just about our favorite letter!

Why? Because R is the start of ALL the important R-words: Reduce, Refuse, Repurpose, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, and the latest, Re-commerce.

Learn all about the R's and how you can up your recycling-game on our latest blog post. Smart Recycling means using ALL the R's.
"Deep Roots" is Back!
Family Environmental Program June 3 10:30am-11:15am
Did you miss the first "Deep Roots" event?
Great news! Our friendly, singing and dancing eagle, owl and sunshine are back to delight your family.

Perfect for children preschool age through 2nd grade, Deep Roots encourages everyone to learn about the deep roots of prairie plants here in Illinois - the Prairie State! The cost is $10 per family and you must register because space is limited.

Local Schools Celebrate Our Earth!
Stevenson Elementary (Lombard) played eco-Bingo and did an outdoor cleanup. They found hundreds of golf balls!
Sunnydale Elementary (Streamwood) collected bread tags and came for a tour of SCARCE. Good to see you!
Pierce Downer Elementary (Downers Grove) hosted a puzzle exchange as part of its Earth Day activities. Way to reuse!
Daisy Girl Scouts from Lincoln Elementary (Wheaton) visited SCARCE for 3Rs and Recycled Papermaking.
Schaumburg High School hosted a Band-Aid concert fundraiser. Bev from SCARCE (left) and Divya from Schaumburg High School attended the delightful event, which raised over $1,300 for SCARCE's education programs. Thanks, Schaumburg!
York Center Elementary (Lombard) gathered bread tags and even enlisted Medinah Banquets and Portillo's in the collection! Thank you also to Wiesbrook Elementary (Wheaton) for collecting bread tags. Read how recycling these tiny items has a big impact.
York Community High School
Wins Two Awards

York High School (Elmhurst) was recognized as #6 in the nation for collecting over 8,000 pounds of plastic bags and films! The bags will get turned into park benches. The school will get a bench in addition to its cash prize.

The school also received recognition from the Illinois Green Alliance for its Path to Net Zero / Water Conservation project. Congratulations!
Summer Volunteer Opportunities
for Students 14+ and older
Are your students asking for ideas on where to volunteer this summer?

SCARCE offers many ways for students to help our community and the environment, including short-term activities as well as weekly opportunities at our reuse and recycling center.

Teachers are welcome to volunteer this summer too! Check our website, or contact our volunteer coordinator for more information:
Zack and Emma from South Elgin High School helping with environmental projects!
World Pollinator Week
June 19-25
Protect our pollinators!

World pollinator week is an annual celebration to raise awareness and protect our pollinators. This year, pollinator week will focus on the connection between climate and pollinators. Learn more at or read about things you can do to help support pollinators in the 2023 Pollinator Week Toolkit.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Saturday, June 3
Monday, June 5
Monday, June 5
Wednesday, June 14
Thursday, June 15
Thursday, June 15
Open House at SCARCE 9:00am-1:00pm
July 28-30
STEM-A-PALOOZA at DuPage County Fair
SCARCE Open House
Thursday, June 15 from 9:00am-1:00pm

Drop in to see how we reuse and recycle. Learn about the resources and services SCARCE provides to the community. All are welcome, including:

  • Teachers
  • Nonprofit professionals
  • Members of organizational green teams
  • Scouts and scout leaders
  • Residents who want to learn more about sustainability

Contact us if you have any questions. We hope you can make it!
Saturday Recycling Events
June 3
West Chicago - Paper Shred & Medical Disposal (includes syringes and EpiPens) 9am-12noon
June 3
June 10
June 17
June 17
Nazareth Academy students visit SCARCE
for their "Circle the City" Day of Service
Thank you to the Nazareth Academy (La Grange Park) Class of 2023 students who spent a morning with us. They eagerly got to work:

We are grateful for the help. Our environmental projects depend on you!
CLOSED for Memorial Day Holiday
Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29

CLOSED for Independence Day Holiday
Tuesday, July 4

Reuse Center hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Donation hours
Tue-Sat 9am-2pm (please call ahead if 5+ boxes)
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, 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.