Resource Education Program Participation Options
Madison County Schools, both private and parochial, have a variety of programs from which they can choose. No school is the same, and each participates based on its resources, needs, and the interests of students and staff.
Explore the program choices below to determine which best fit your school. Your Resource Education Coordinator is always available to offer guidance and support.
Item Collections and Competitions
Shoeman Water Project & Collection
- Shoeman Water Project picks up donated used and new shoes year-round from businesses, churches, and schools.
- Collected shoes are exported and sold in the developing world. The resale of shoes provides jobs and affordable footwear.
- Funds from the export of shoes provides well drilling rigs, water purification systems, and hand pump repair, bringing clean, fresh water to those in need.
- Easy access to clean water sources allows more children to attend school, rather than making long and often dangerous journeys to fetch water for their families.
- Schools may start donation drives at any time.
- Official count and collection dates are November 12, 2016 and April 8, 2017.
Tab Top Collection & CompetitionWhat Is It?
- Madison County schools collect aluminum can tab tops as a representation that aluminum is being recycled at students' homes.
- In spring, schools bring their tab tops to Madison County Administration building. Schools may also periodically bring tab tops directly to Highland Recycling and Shredding.
- Highland Recycling & Shredding issues a certificate and check directly to the school or charity of the school’s choosing.
- Tab top collections are weighed on Tab Top Tally Day, April 8th 2017, from 9 -11 am.
Crayola ColorCycle Marker RecyclingWhat Is It?
- Crayola is now accepting used markers, including non-Crayola brand markers, dry-erase markers, and highlighters!
- Classrooms collect used markers throughout the year. Markers are packaged and a shipping label and a no-cost shipping label is printed from Crayola's website.
- FedEx picks up the used markers at no cost to the school, and Crayola converts the plastic into clean fuel.
- Crayola's website also offers classroom-ready, standards-based lesson plans.
- Markers can be shipped throughout the year. Crayola recommends at least 100 and no more than 40 pounds of markers per shipped box.
Get Complete Info Here: ColorCycle Registration Page, Customizable Parent Letter, Customizable Hallway Poster
What Is It?
Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge
- Trex Company, Inc supplies participating schools with collection boxes and other materials to assist with collection of plastic items such as grocery bags, plastic retail bags, plastic cereal bags, bread bags, shrink wrap & dry-cleaning bags.
- School volunteers weigh and keep a record of the amount of film collected each month.
- Schools complete against other schools in their area to recycle the most plastic film per number of students.
- Nov. 6: Competition registration forms due
- Nov. 15: Official start date (America Recycles Day)
- April 15: Final tallies due
Get Complete Info Here: PDF: Trex Flier and Entry Form What Is It?
- The Lions Club of Illinois accepts any type of keys to be recycled.
- The money raised is used in Illinois to pay for partially-sighted children to undergo special low-vision examinations with glasses, monoculars, stand magnifiers and other equipment being provided absolutely free.
- The keys may be brought to the May 2017 Earth Flag Celebration; Madison County Resource Education Program then delivers keys to a local Lion's Club chapter.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
- Used cell phones are taken to a recycler which then pays the non-profit company, Cell Phones for Soldiers.
- Cell Phones for Soldiers uses the funds to purchase calling cards for American soldiers to call home.
- Phones are dropped off at local AT&T stores and a variety of other area businesses or via postage-paid return labels.
- Cell phone collection may occur at any time. For closest drop-off locations, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
What Is It?
- TerraCycle offers national programs (Brigades®) to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste.
- Some Brigades have a cost, but most offer free shipping and a donation for each piece of garbage collected.
- Sign up to collect one or more of the waste streams listed, or find out more about how the Brigade programs work and which Brigades are currently available at www.terracycle.net
- Any time, at building coordinator's discretion.
Used Eyeglass Collection
What Is It?
- Used eyeglasses are collected and used to help those in Central & South America, Mexico, Haiti, the Philippines & Africa improve their lives with better vision.
- Eyeglasses will be collected at the May 2017 Earth Flag Celebration.
Design and Innovation Competitions
What Is It?
USGBC Green Schools Quest
- The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is challenging public and private schools in Missouri and Southern Illinois to devise and implement the most creative, effective, and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.
- Each school forms a "Green Team", of a a single classroom, grade level, an entire school, or student club.
- Each Green Team selects a low or no cost ($250 or less) project to begin October 2016.
- With the help of an assigned USGBC mentor, each Green Team will document their impact, such as energy or resource savings during the project, and submit their project’s process and impact for judging by an impartial panel by March 12, 2017.
- Registration forms due September 15, 2016
- Projects begin October 2016
- Submission for judging on March 12, 2017
Get Complete Info Here: http://www.usgbc-mogateway.org/green-school-quest/, PDF: Green Schools Quest Flyer
PDF: 2015-16 School Year Quest Submissions and Winners
What Is It?
- All Madison County K-5th grade schools are invited to participate in the Trashformation Innovation Creations! Contest. Students are challenged to take the materials bound for the recycling bin and use creative problem solving and imagination to turn it into something upcycled, functional, and new! The big challenge is that the end product must be able to be used by someone else!
- Trashformations competitors are able to prepare entries as a team of 2-4 or as individuals.
- Students who finish in first through third place within their grade-level category will receive a ribbon and gift card.
- Each school participating in Trashformations holds its own competition at any time during the school year.
- Each school’s first place winners are invited to compete at the County competition held in April.
- The final first place winners from the County competition are brought to the Earth Flag celebration in May.
Get Complete Info Here: PDF: Trashformations Guidelines & Rules, PDF: Trashformations School Participation Form,
PDF: Trashformations County Competitor Info Card, PDF: School-level Prize Requests
PhotoVoice: Picture that Green!
- Open to students in grades 6-12.
- PhotoVoice is a method to make your voice heard through photography as you document the community’s needs and resources from your own personal experience.
- Students should photograph a scene that represents their community or expresses their point of view as it relates to sustainability.
- Single photos must be accompanied by a 1-3 sentence description that states what the photographer is depicting in the photo.
- Photos must be taken in Madison County by a Madison County school student.
- October 14: Intention Forms for County Competition due (schools can hold their competitions any time before March 17, 2017)
- April 3-8: School’s Winning entries dropped off at County Building
- April 10-15: Public Voting
- April 15: Judging
- April 21: Winners announced
- May Awards presented (at Earth Flag Celebration)
Extra Incentive: Students who finish in first through third place within their grade-level category will receive a ribbon and gift card. County-level first place winners will be invited to the Earth Flag celebration.
Get Complete Info Here: PDF: PhotoVoice Guidelines & Rules, PDF: PhotoVoice School Participation Form, PDF: School-level Winner Reporting Form/County Competition Form, PDF: Photovoice County Competitor Info Card
What Is It?
- Students in grades K-12 create their own design for a rain barrel.
- All design submissions are expected to illustrate the benefits of capturing and reusing rainwater (a.k.a. “rainscaping” or rainwater harvesting), such as erosion control, improved water quality, reduced flooding, etc.
- Four grade categories for the contest; K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
- November 28: Entry forms due
- December 12: Winners announced
- January 18: Awards presented at County Board Meeting
- Spring 2017: Rain Barrels & Gardens installed
Get Complete Info Here: PDF: Rain Barrel Flier/Entry Form, PDF: 2015-2016 Rain Barrel Design Competition WinnersClean Air Bookmark Competition
What Is It?
- Madison County Planning and Development Department and Madison County Partnership for Community Health (MCPCH) sponsor a bookmark design contest.
- All design submissions should illustrate various ways to improve air quality in the St. Louis region such as: carpooling, walking, bicycling, riding transit, using solar and wind energy, etc.
- Four grade categories for the contest; K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
- March 15: Entry forms due
- March 31: Winners announced
- April 19: Awards presented
Extra Incentive: The first place bookmark designs from each category are printed with the winner’s name and school and made available to the winning student’s school library. In addition, each winner receives a certificate and Kindle Paperwhite tablet and gift card.
Get Complete Info Here: PDF: Clean Air Bookmark Flier/Entry Form