Ready to Recycle in Box Elder

Global Youth Service Day Project in Box Elder, Montana

Ready to Recycle

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) was celebrated in the Box Elder Elementary School with a “Ready to Recycle” kickoff to the school’s recycling program. Energy Corps AmeriCorps members with Opportunity Link, AmeriCorps VISTAs and volunteers from MSU Northern taught the basics of recycling to kindergarten, first and second graders at the school. The lessons, provided by WasteNOT (an educational recycling program out of Kalispell), taught the students the 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle and included the how, what, and where of recycling.

“The best part about this project was when after the lessons were completed, I went back to a first grade classroom… the students noticed me and eagerly took my arm and led me to their new paper recycling bin. They were excited to show me that they had already begun using it! Their enthusiasm was contagious. I am confident that our exciting visit was talked about at home, and I hope they encourage their parents to begin recycling.” – Carrie Johnson, an AmeriCorps member with Energy Corps serving at Opportunity Link in Havre, MT.

Over 60 students participated in the ‘Ready to Recycle’ project on April 15, 2011. This recycling project will be sustained and run by student government members at the school. “This is a great opportunity to introduce recycling to kids when they are still young,” said Patty Morning, an Energy Corps AmeriCorps member. “When they understand and want to recycle, they also influence their family, friends and relatives to recycle.”

Opportunity Link is nonprofit based in Havre that focused on implementing strategies and encouraging partnerships that will reduce poverty on the hi-line of Montana. Learn more at

Energy Corps is an AmeriCorps State Program housed with NCAT (National Center for Appropriate Technology) that focuses on creating sustainable energy solutions through community service. Learn more at

Learn more about WasteNot and Recycling Education at

Line Break