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Recycle Month

by Shaylynn — Pictou Landing First Nation School, Pictou Landing, NS

A reindeer made from a lightbulb.
A reindeer made from a lightbulb.

March 2011 — In December the Pictou landing First Nation School decided to make December a “Recycle Month.” All activities around Christmas had to have a recycle theme.

The Headstart and Grade Primary class decorate a tree at the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow every year. This year all the decorations they made used recycled materials. Some of those decorations included a light bulb reindeer, drums with toilet paper rolls, and juice can lids with winter scenes on them. Their tree was the most environmentally friendly decorated! Way to go kids.

Question to student:

Why did your class make recycled decorations for the tree at the mall?


We made recycled Christmas crafts because using new stuff means you spend money and it’s safe for the earth.

A giftbox made from recycled paper.
A giftbox made from recycled paper.

Once a month our whole school gets together in the gym and this month we made recycled Christmas decorations: Two popular crafts that were made were: gift boxes (milk cartons, recycled paper, recycled magazines/newspapers), garland (recycled paper, magazines and newspaper).

In December we also had a Christmas Bonanza. Teachers, students and community members brought in items from home for the Bonanza. On the last day before Christmas Break the students brought money in to buy these items and gave them to their family members for Christmas. There were a mixture of items that included decorations, jewelry, toys, books, candles and many more. The students loved shopping at the bonanza and got all their Christmas presents bought. It was a lot of fun!

Lastly, at the Christmas Concert more decorations were donated by the community members and were sold to parents after the concert.

Many community members were so impressed with all the activities that included recycling items that the Band office wrote a letter to the students and teachers commending them on the fantastic ideas. Way to go team!

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