The youngest students in the Youth Contest must identify recyclable, compostable and trash items on a coloring sheet, cut and paste the items next to the appropriate compost, recycle or trash bin. The older grades are asked to create something relating to recycling. Create a painting or drawing, write a poem, compose or record a song, produce a recycling themed video, write an essay or build a sculpture.
Grades K- 2nd: A coloring/cutting activity is available on the “Programs” page at www.wvrecycles.org. The back of each entry must include: name, grade, age, county, organization or school, contact address, telephone number, sponsor or teacher’s name and contact telephone number. There will be two students winning $25 with each winner's troop, teacher, club or organization will receive $75.
Grades 4 - 12: Create something relating to recycling. Paint, draw a picture, write a poem, compose or sing a song, make a short video, write an essay, mold a sculpture, create a collage including a theme of recycling. Teachers may assign a media as part of a classroom assignment. On the back of each entry: name, grade, age, county, organization or school, contact address, telephone number, sponsor or teacher’s name contact and telephone number. The winner of five grade categories will receive an award of $75. The winner’s associated group receives a $100 gift card.
Teachers may assign a particular medium based on their area of emphasis, i.e. Language Arts teachers may require students to write an essay or Science teachers may ask student to develop a poster explaining the environmental benefits of recycling. All winners will receive a gift card for the student and their teacher will also be awarded a gift card for classroom materials.
Entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2018. First and last names will be public information. Guardian waivers must be singed before winners will be awarded prizes. Winners will be announced on this website by January 31, 2019.
4-6th Grade Youth Prize Winning Entry from Malachi Unger.
2017 Youth and Freedom Contest Winners
The entries to the 2017 Freedom Contest created something relating to recycling with paint, drew a picture, wrote a poem, composed or sang a song, made a short video, wrote an essay, molded a sculpture, or created a collage including a theme of recycling.
The Kindergarten through First Grade winner in the coloring category was Donovan Wilson of Mountain View Elementary School in Morgan County. The first-place winner in the second through third grade coloring category was Carli Smith, a student at Confidence Elementary in Putnam County.
Students in grades four through twelve participated in the Freedom Contest, which encourages youth 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 Freedom Contest winners were Malachi Unger , Lillie Villenave and Alexander Ayers. Unger is a member of the Morgan County Christian Community Home School group in Morgan County. Unger made a stop-motion film using Legos to tell the story of employees recycling and, in some cases, not recycling. Interaction among characters includes discussions of cost savings derived from reduced trash bills and a payday for recycling. Watch the video below.
Lillie Villenave is an eighth-grade student at Park Middle School in Raleigh County. Her three dimensional entry was made from materials that were reused, but may also be recycled, including a cardboard box, cotton balls, magazines, clippings, masking tape, newspaper, packing peanuts, cupcake wrappers, old pencils and wire. Look for a picture of her entry below in the slide show of winners.
Alexander Ayers, a Junior at Greenbrier West High School, wrote lyrics and music, recorded and produced a song which questions why things are not recycled. Listen to Track 1 below to hear his winning entry.
2018 ReFashion Show - November 17, 2018
2017 ReFashion Slideshow.
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?
Recycling Lesson Plan #2 – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
Driving question – What does waste disposal cost anyway?
Recycling Lesson Plan #3 – Waste Not Want Not
Driving question – How does a compost pile reduce waste?
Recycling Lesson Plan #4 – Reclaiming and Replacing
Driving question – What happens to garbage when it leaves the school or my house?
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.
2016 ReFashion Slideshow
Use your imagination to create an outfit from high fashion to cosplay or a science fiction theme. Outfits must be made from recyclable or reused materials. Entries may be made by an individual or by a group. However, there will only be one prize awarded to the top pick from each category.