May Spotlight on Place-Based Service Learning Project

Fox Hill’s Recycling Rangers Project

Director of Fox Hill School in Danvers, Tricia Pini, and her staff have been helping preschoolers become more aware of recycling in their school and the larger community.  Using professional development training offered by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service, Tricia created a year-long project that involves multiple activities and engagement with community partners through which students learn to positively impact their environment.

Students started their project by conducting an inventory of the school’s trash output and finding ways to reduce it. They worked together to make paper out of recycled scraps, participated in a recycling activity with community partner Danvers Department of Public Works after learning about recycling efforts in town, and took part in a river pollution activity with Essex Heritage and the National Park Service staff.  After learning about composting this spring, the preschoolers will celebrate with families at the end of the school year with a “Zero Waste Party” where they will showcase what they have learned.

Read more about this project in the Danvers Herald.