For the third consecutive year, Mahoning County Green Team educator Peg Flynn visited Poland elementary schools to have a little festive fun with students. She brought recycled materials that students used to make Christmas tree ornaments.
We used old cereal boxes and Christmas cards," Flynn said. "Since the elementary schools don't have art teachers, this made for a good art project."
Each grade created their own ornament ranging from standing miniature trees to reindeer and wreathes. Every student got a chance to create their own masterpiece that they hung on the school's Christmas tree.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
A little glue and a few recycled items kept Poland North first-graders Jacob Jenkins and Jacob Zura busy as they took part in a Green Team craft during a special assembly on Monday.
Flynn said this is the first year she is bringing the Green Team program to all the Poland elementary schools. She started at Poland North on Monday and will be covering the rest of the school buildings this week and next Monday. Every elementary school student will get the opportunity to build their own ornament.
The ornaments start as silhouette cut-outs done by special volunteers. Flynn said the Mahoning County Sheriff's department gets non-violent people who are ordered to perform community service. Some of those individuals, called "day reporters," made the cut-outs as part of their required service.
Along with showing the students ways to reuse materials, Flynn also passed out fliers about recycling real Christmas trees. Close to one third of the students said their parents cut real trees for Christmas.
Flynn said when the holidays are over, the trees can be taken to the Poland Township Road Department, 7508 Clingan Road where they will be picked up by the state of Ohio. The trees will be weighed down with blocks and sunk in Berlin Lake and Lake Milton.
"The trees will then be used as habitat for the fish," Flynn told the students. "Imagine that, your Christmas tree will be a house for the fish."