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Summer 2019
Volume: 29 Issue: 11
June and July are big months here at SCARCE. It's the perfect time to stock up on supplies and books for your classroom. We get hundreds of boxes of donations every day! Stop on by before the back-to-school rush in August - we're here Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.

P.S. If you know a teacher that is new or starting with a different grade, let them know about us! We'd love to help them get started with everything they need.
Summer Experiential Courses
Earn 3 graduate hours or 40 PDs Registration open through June 12th

Our summer courses are NGSS and STEM aligned. Our experiences and activities will help your students develop their science and engineering practices like asking questions, developing models, analyzing data and arguing from evidence. They offer many connections to various  cross-cutting concepts like  patterns cause and effect systems and system models energy and matter,structure and function , and  stability and change .

Each course has experiences of broad importance in multiple science and engineering disciplines ( disciplinary core ideas ) with key organizing concepts. They provide key tools for understanding and investigating more complex ideas and problem solving using the cradle to cradle model , relate to interests and life experiences of students of all ages, and is  highly teachable and learnable from k-12 grades!
Learn how our recyclables are sorted at Groot's high-tech sorting facility.
See how groundwater is transformed into clean drinking water in West Chicago.
Holy moly there are a lot of groups to applaud this month! In addition to those below, green kudos also go out to Elsie Johnson School in Hanover Park and students from Hinsdale South High School in Darien.
Heritage Lakes School in Carol Stream
York Center School in Lombard
Field School in Elmhurst
Pleasant Hill School in Winfield
Ardmore School Conservation Club in Villa Park
Start the year off right! Get a jump-start on planning and schedule a program for your teachers and staff, classroom, or the entire school. Our programs cover water, recycling, zero waste, compost, share tables and more for all ages.

We also consult on sustainability projects to help you go green. It's not too early to give us a call 630-545-9710.
This year's Sustainable Design Challenge featured fantastic projects from students from eight different high schools around DuPage County. Learn about our top three, honorable mentions and more.
Team Benara from Glenbard East High School in Lombard earned the Overall LEED Design prize.
Team Survive & Thrive from Addison Trail High School was awarded Best Stormwater Design.
Team Power from York Community High School in Elmhurst was awarded the Best Energy Efficiency Design.
Honor our oceans this year on World Oceans Day. No matter where you live, we all benefit from a healthy sea. This year's theme is plastic pollution. Join a World Wildlife Foundation expert in a livestream Friday, June 7th at 12pm for your classroom to learn more about plastic pollution, our oceans, and how you and your students can be a part of the solution.
Summer Reading
One Plastic Bag tells the true story of Isatou Ceesay and her effort to recycle plastic bags and clean up her small town in The Gambia, Africa. This book shows how one person's actions can make a big difference. Find more resources here.
College of DuPage Interim President Dr. Brian Caputo presents the award to SCARCE director Kay McKeen at the COD Community Leadership Breakfast.
Are you looking for something meaningful to do this summer? Do your students need to earn service hours?

Volunteer at SCARCE's book rescue! When you volunteer with us, you reduce waste going to landfills, help teachers and students in need, and learn more about sustainability while serving your community.
You can make a big difference in the lives of under-privileged students living in DuPage County by volunteering with us at the annual  Back-to-School Fair. Help with set-up, book distribution during the event, or tear-down.
Each year, SCARCE brings school supplies and thousands of like-new books for students to choose for their very own. SCARCE needs your help to make it happen! Contact or call 630-545-9710 to sign up. You can also   make a monetary donation to support this effort.
Upcoming Eco-Events
June 8
June 11
June 17-23
June 17-21
June 24-28
July 14
July 20
July 31
July 24-28
Thank you to our May Volunteers!
-----Arizona State University
-----Benedictine University - Lisle
-----Benet Academy - Lisle
-----Citi Retail Services - Elk Grove Village
-----College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
-----Glen Oaks Transition Program - Glen Ellyn
-----Hinsdale South High School APES - Darien
-----North Central College - Naperville
-----St. Michael's Parish School - Wheaton
-----Ulta Beauty Corporate - Bolingbrook
-----Waubonsie Valley High School - Aurora
-----Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Hinsdale South AP Environmental Science students helped us with all sorts of recycling projects including separating CDs from cases for recycling.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing.

We can't thank them enough! If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Book Rescue Hours
Summer Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......all summer long!
CLOSED......July 4th-July 7th
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Liz Chaplin, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
( S chool & C ommunity A ssistance for R ecycling and C omposting E ducation)
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.