Cane Run Elementary School going green and giving to charity


by Jamie Martin

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Updated Monday, May 10 at 5:46 PM

(WHAS11)  Just about everyone loves chips and now after enjoying some potato, tortilla, or corn chips, you can do something that helps both the environment and local charities.

Meteorologist Jamie Martin tells us more about a service project at Cane Run Elementary in this week’s Project Green.

For Crystal Bubler, a 5th grade teacher at Cane Run Environmental Magnet, the idea for the project came from a tasty source; her chips.

“On the back of a chip bag, I read about TerraCycle and the way they were taking trash and turning them into new products.  I thought that would be a perfect service project for our students.  Not only are we taking things that would end up in the landfill and finding a new use for them, also TerraCycle donates 2 cents for every chip bag we send in,” said Crystal.

When Crystal asked the kids which organization they would like to support, Shamrock was the overwhelming choice for the pet loving kids.

Crystal said, “We decided on the Shamrock Foundation for our charity.  So the money goes straight to the Shamrock Foundation and the money helps them buy products for the cats and dogs they help to adopt out.”

At $.02 a bag, it takes a lot of bags to earn money for shamrock.  That is where the help of the cafeteria staff really makes a difference.

Darrielle Douglas, a 5th grade student said, “We’ll go the cafeteria and get some, because there is this big box in the cafeteria from people who have bags.  They put them in there.  And every day it almost gets filled to the top.  We bring it back to our classroom and we fill it up.”

So what happens to all those bags once they get to TerraCycle?

Sarah Marcotte, a 5th grade student said, “They crush them and make them into new material. Like bags, purses and everything.”

So don’t just toss out that chip bag.   Recycle it to help keep the planet green and feed some of our four-legged friends.

For more information about how you can “chip” in, click on the Project Green tab on the home page.