Lesson Plans and Classroom Funding for Teachers

Our Educational Outreach Programs offer chances for teachers to win classroom funding prize money. Teacher Lesson Plans Align to WV Department of Education Content Standards and Objective’s (CSOs) and may be used for across–curriculum instruction.

Recycling Lessons for classroom instruction.
  1. 2020 Recycling Lessons here 

  2. 2020Recycling Investigations here

  3. Youth Contest Coloring link 2020  Youth Contest link 2020

Lessons may be modified in order to be grade level appropriate and used at different grade levels.
  1. Recycling Lesson Plan 1 - Don’t Waste the Moment 
    Driving question- How much of the waste which is thrown away in the school cafeteria may be composted or recycled?

  2. Recycling Lesson Plan #2 – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
    Driving question – What does waste disposal cost anyway?

  3. Recycling Lesson Plan #3 – Waste Not Want Not
    ​Driving question – How does a compost pile reduce waste?

  4. RecyclingLesson Plan #4 – Reclaiming and Replacing
    Driving question – What happens to garbage when it leaves the school or my house?

  5. Recycling Investigations Lesson - include text dependent questions, provide graphical representations of data, prompt students with investigations, and may be used across the curriculum instruction. Lessons may be modified in order to be used at different grade levels. 

Our Programs

It All Comes Back To You

Participants use their imagination to create outfits from high fashion to cosplay or a science fiction theme made from recyclable or reused materials. Participants can enter one of the following categories:

  1. Cosplay Comic-Con Challenge: Garments are made with reused or recyclable items in a design which is inspired from characters in animated movies, comic books, live action films, television shows or video games. No functional props or weapons are allowed.
  2. Charleston Town Center Challenge: Garments and/or costumes can be created with recycled items found in the mall food court, as well as cups, bags, apparel tags, hangers, garment bags, store promotional materials, broken jewelry, etc.
  3. Newspaper Challenge: Majority of garment must be made from newspapers.
  4. General Theme: Anything goes in this category!  All other non-specific themed entries will be placed in the "General" category.



2020 Youth Contests Announced

Coloring and Freedom Contests 

The winners of the 2019 Coloring and Freedom Contests have been announced.  The Coalition’s Freedom Contest encouraged students to express themselves by creating a painting or drawing, writing a poem, composing or recording a song, producing a video, writing an essay, sculpting something, or completing any project based on a recycling theme.

The 4-6th grade age category winner in the Freedom Contest is Maya Casto of Ona Elementary School in Cabell County.  The judges were impressed with the message and creative use of recyclable materials depicting a turtle facing man-made pollutants found in a marine environment.  Casto received a $75 prize for her winning entry and her teacher, Ann Henry received a companion prize of $100.

 The 7-8th grade age category winner in the Freedom Contest is Kerstyn Clendenen of the Hear Bears 4H Club in Point Pleasant in Mason County.  She received of a $75 prize for the winning entry.  Clendenen’s winning entry was a basket woven out of magazines and other used papers.  Her 4H Club also received a companion prize of $100.

 The 9-12th grade age category winner in the Freedom Contest is Kelsey Butcher who used newspaper, aluminum cans, aluminum foil and paint to fabricate an articulating snake sculpture.  The $75 prize for the winning entry also includes a companion prize of $100 for Butcher’s Girl Scout Troop #38217 of Frametown in Braxton County. A photo of the winning entries can be seen on the Coalition website (WVRecycles.com) following the presentation.

 The goals of the Coalition’s Youth Contest are to encourage students to use their creativity and learn about recycling. The West Virginia Recycles campaign features the theme, “It All Comes Back to You.” The slogan presents multiple messages; a recycled product or material can return to consumers as another product; recycling comes back to consumers as an improved environment; and it is everyone’s responsibility to recycle.

The younger kids participating in the Coloring Contest identified the recyclable, compostable and trash items on a coloring sheet, then cut and pasted the items next to a drawing of the appropriate compost, recycle or trash bin. 

18th Annual ReFashion Show 

Virtual Event
Submissions due by

​Saturday, November 21, 2020

Cash for Educational Outreach Programs
To develop our programs, we provide monetary rewards to encourage participation.  Our programs rely on active participation from teachers, students, environmental youth programs, and supporters of recycling. See our Resources page for more information.
  • Recycling Champions

​ The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is honoring Recycling Champions who reach beyond their normal responsibilities to contribute time and service to support the recycling industry in the Mountain State. These Recycling Champions provide recycling leadership across the state and make a significant contribution to the recycling community.