For the past month, the first-grade classes at Hilltop Elementary have been studying the environment and how to go green with the three "R"s, reduce, reuse, recycle.
"We've been doing this for over 10 years," said first-grade teacher Dottie Pesce. "It started in March with the focus leading up to Earth Day."
The entire first grade took part in the course of study and last week it wrapped up with the students in the first-grade classes of Pesce, Joan McElroy, Carol Dede, and Charn Creed completing an interesting homework assignment. They had to create useable products out of materials that are generally discarded.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Showing off his recycled jump rope is Hilltop first-grader Mason Bowen as classmates Tony Russo and Kellen Farris observe while holding their own recycled pieces.
The school's showcase was cleared out and served to show off some of the items. There were airplanes, jet packs, bird feeders, a chair made of cat food containers, and a lot of robots.
Logan Sebastian from Creed's class made the chair and was quick to bring it to school and sit on it to show it worked.
The idea of making it a home project was to involve parents. Tony Russo chose to make some interesting art work.
"My mom helped me," he said. "We used plastic cartons from Panera's and some old puzzle pieces."
Kellen Farris had help from his father. Using a piece of cardboard and a plastic pretzel container and a coat hanger, the duo formed a Cavaliers basketball hoop that could hang over a door.
"We made the ball from rolled-up tissue paper and I colored it," Kellen said.
One of the more interesting projects was a jump rope that Mason Bowen and his parents made.
"We got old plastic bags and cut them into strips," Mason said. "I braided them and formed the rope."
At the end of the week, it was apparent to Hilltop staff members that their students had creative minds and they really enjoyed going green.