3-5

Third through fifth grade.

Stomp Out Litter Bugs

School: 
S. M. Rissler Elementary
Teacher Name: 
Lisa Brewer
Class: 
Fourth Grade Student Council
School District: 
Trenton R-IX School District
Number of Participants: 
12

Our 4th grade Student Council students chose to "Stomp Out Litter Bugs" with their trash can this year. We created a ladybug can reusing a can that has been decorated in the past. Our shoe and bug pieces were made from scrap construction paper, left over bulletin board paper, and scraps of felt, foam, and string from a classroom craft bucket. Our can will be sitting in our school lobby as a reminder to everyone that we should all do our part to put trash in its proper place!

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Too Much Trash is Despicable

School: 
Homeschool
Teacher Name: 
Michael Pirtle
Class: 
Homeschool
School District: 
Homeschool (Jefferson City)
Number of Participants: 
3

Using a yellow 32-gallon plastic recycle bin and craft supplies, siblings Isaac (9), Ruben (8) and Isabel (7) created the "Too Much Trash is Despicable" project based on the "Despicable Me" movie. The bin has been transformed into a minion bearing a "Too Much Trash is Despicable" sign, to encourage students to properly dispose of trash.

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Sad Trash to Epic Can

School: 
Castlio Elementary School
Teacher Name: 
Deanna Warden
Class: 
SEGA Fourth Grade
School District: 
Francis Howell School District
Number of Participants: 
18

Students took outdated magazines and school papers and decoupaged the trash can. We used recycled paint from the paint closet and splatter painted the back of the trash can over the magazines. We went over the entire trash can with Modge Podge. We then printed out and colored the No More Trash logo and Modge Podged over the logo. This entry is our service project.

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Ice Cream "Don't Litter!"

School: 
New Bloomfield Elementary
Teacher Name: 
Mrs. Veronica Gares
Class: 
4th Grade
School District: 
New Bloomfield R-III
Number of Participants: 
49

The three fourth grade classes at New Bloomfield Elementary brainstormed ideas, and voted for the slogan 'Ice Cream "Don't Litter!"' Guided by their art teacher, Mrs. Veronica Gares, the sketched ideas for and created the ice cream cone. They used a variety of recycled materials including old wrapping paper, sheets, fabric scraps, carpeting rolls, and pillow stuffing. The students created the cone from the wrapping paper and construction paper, the 'ice cream' from old pillow stuffing and an old white sheet.

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Trash Can Contest

School: 
Marshfield R-1 School, Shook Elementary
Teacher Name: 
Lisa Spurling
Class: 
5th Grade
School District: 
Marshfield R-1
Number of Participants: 
6

We decorated a trashcan to look like an owl in a tree. Our motto is "Be Wise, Don't litter!"

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sNo More Trash!

School: 
Ray Miller Elementary
Teacher Name: 
Nichole Conner
Class: 
Miss Conner's Saturday Arts Class
School District: 
Kirksville R-III School District
Number of Participants: 
5

The students in Miss Conner's Saturday Arts class worked hard to decorate a large school trashcan. Ironically, they chose the theme of sNo More Trash before Storms Q and Rocky hit our state. They used coffee filters and copy paper to create the snow flakes, and recycled cardboard to create the snow man and his sign. Students from this class meet each Saturday to create art, often with recycled materials, so they decided that the trash can decorating contest was perfect for them! They worked very hard and completed the project in one Saturday morning.

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Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free

School: 
Saint Brendan School
Teacher Name: 
Sarah Thompson
Class: 
Fourth Grade Art Class
School District: 
Saint Brendan School
Number of Participants: 
11

Saint Brendan School Fourth Grade Art Class members each drew several trash can plans, then the class voted on the entries until they decided on this one. We purchased a galvanized 30 gallon trash can and the students working together with each person getting at least two turns at painting during their twice weekly Art Class, primed the can, then painted the patchwork design. They traced and painted the letters for the motto "No MOre Trash" on both the front and back and for this year's theme "Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free" on the top.

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Transform and Roll Out Trash!

School: 
Littlejohn Homeschool
Teacher Name: 
Angela M. Littlejohn
Class: 
Littlejohn Siblings
School District: 
We homeschool, but reside in the West Plains R-7 School District
Number of Participants: 
3

As the children brainstormed ideas for this project they talked about things they were interested in and about protecting our earth and keeping it clean and free of trash. Transformers naturally came to mind. In the Transformers story their main purpose is to serve and protect the Earth. They are the Earth's guardians. Although our kids have only seen the older animated versions of Transformers they, especially our boys, are huge fans. They decided they wanted to make their trashcan into a Transformer.

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Don't Pass The Trash

School: 
St. Joseph Elementary School
Teacher Name: 
Mrs. Jenny Akins
Class: 
3-4-5
School District: 
The Archdicese of St. Louis
Number of Participants: 
8

A basic basketball goal attached to the trash can that has been made to look like a referee shirt. The phrase "Don't Pass the Trash" has been added with the logo. In the second photo a student is making a basket of trash in the can.

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Trash Creates A Disturbance In the Force!

School: 
S.M. Rissler Elementary School
Teacher Name: 
Laura McDonald/Robin Wilson
Class: 
S.M. Rissler Elementary Student Council
School District: 
Trenton R-IX
Number of Participants: 
12

The group decided to create the character of R2-D2 with their trash can because the Star Wars 3-D movie is out. The students used foil and construction paper from the Art Room scrap box to create the details. They used chicken wire to form the head, then covered it with foil paper and added the details from scrap paper. For the legs, they salvaged scrap board from the maintenance shed materials at the school. The boards were painted and then screwed to the trash can with help from a parent. They wanted R2-D2 to move, so they put the can on a set of casters.

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