TROY — Cookson Elementary School third graders took their trash to task, fashioning hand-crafted Christmas ornaments out of household items and turning them into Christmas keepsakes.
Students in Lane Lucas and Shelley Stewart’s third-grade classrooms participated in the Miami County Transfer Station’s annual recycling contest to encourage students to think about re-purposing their waste into works of art.
Stewart and Lucas turned the contest into a classroom exercise in recycling practices and conservation.
“You guys did a great job, we were really impressed!” Karch said Thursday.
Karch said the employees at the county transfer stations judged the contest, picking out their favorites, which were displayed at the office in December.
“Just like you learned in class, it’s important to reuse what we have and using our resources to make new things, like these great crafts, out of materials you already have at home,” Karch said. “A lot of these were totally recyclable. So if you don’t need it someday — which I can’t imagine why because they are gorgeous — a lot of these you could put in the recycling bin and they wouldn’t end up in the trash.”
The contest awards students in three age categories who fashioned the most festive ornament out of everyday household garbage.
First place winner Chase Cooper said he used lots of candy wrappers left over from Halloween to dress up his recyclable cardboard gingerbread house for the contest.
“We had to use everything we could from home, not counting the hot glue and string, but most of it was recyclables from home,” Cooper said. “The roof is cardboard pieces we cut out and the snow is little bit of Styrofoam.”
Second place winner, Kira Cole, 8, got crafty with her handsome owl made out of juice and bottle caps and bread bag ties.
“The owl’s body is made out of cardboard, the feathers are made out of toilet paper rolls and we painted them, the beak is a bottle cap, and claws are made out of twist ties,” she said.
The dynamic recycling duo were presented water bottles and their entire class was treated to free ice cream cones from Scott Family McDonalds for participating in the contest and their efforts.
Cooper is the son of Jaime and Casey Cooper of Troy. Kira is the daughter of Kristina and Jared Cole of Troy.
The following is the complete list of winners from the contest:
Kindergarten through Second Grade: First place, Wyatt Maxon, Miami East Elementary, for a paper-towel tube sleigh.
Third through Fifth Grade: First place, Chase Cooper, Cookson Elementary, for a gingerbread house crafted from paper candy wrappers and cardboard; second place, Kira Cole, Cookson Elementary, for a recycled owl; third place, Rowan Gipe, Miami East, for a juice-bottle Grinch; Honorable mention: Annika Paton, Miami East, for an aluminum angel.
Sixth through Eighth Grade: First place, Lindsey Perry, Troy Junior High School, for a Christmas card globe; second place, Maclaya Ali, Troy Junior High School, for a Christmas tree made of paper and plastic bottles; third place, Genki Masunaga, Troy Junior High School, for an ornament made from CDs and a light bulb.
Christmas recycling tips:
Some items you can recycle include: Plain Christmas cards; cardboard boxes; plain or recycled wrapping and tissue paper; rinsed tin cans; aluminum cans; plastic ornaments; plastic eggnog containers.
Some items that belong in the trash include: foil or glittery paper, gift bags or cards; packaging air bags; and artificial trees.