Helping the Environment, One Plastic Bottle at a Time

Learning how to be environmentally friendly can start at any age. In partnership with Dominion Energy and Herbert A. Wood Elementary School, we started the Woody Owls Recycling Team to teach students how to properly recycle and care for the environment.

Communities in Schools of the Midlands (CISM) Site Coordinator Amie Cooper wanted to help the school’s existing recycling partnership with Palmetto Pride increase their reach in all grade levels, engage more students and parents, and continue to encourage reducing plastic waste around school and at home. Therefore, she connected with the two teachers leading the school’s current initiative, Art Teacher Ms. Erin Erwin and STEM Teacher Ms. Laurie Williams.


In January, CISM launched the Plastic Bottle recycling challenge generously funded by the Dominion Energy Environmental Stewardship Grant. The recycling challenge encourages students across the school to recycle clean, plastic bottles. Since the two initiatives have partnered together, the school has gathered over 500 bottles just within the first two weeks! 


As a thank you from Communities in Schools of the Midlands, the recycling team of 8 students, Ms. Erwin and Ms. Williams received a recycling recognition award and a green vest, which they now get to wear while they collect from recycling bins around the school. The team is excited to continue their recycling efforts together and make a continuous impact in the school and the community.