When the sun sets on summer and the school year looms, most kids aren’t thrilled to head back to class. However, it’s an important time to consider eco-friendly habits both in and out of the classroom. And like most things in life, it all comes down to looking at things through a new pair of eyes. These four eco-friendly ideas for a go-green year at school will give you the sight to see differently.

1. Carpool Karaoke
For work, for school, for everyday travel—carpooling is a sure-fire way to cut down on carbon emissions, help save on gas, and promote green-minded thinking.
If you’re in high school and have a license, pull together a group of friends for some carpool karaoke. That means more time together and more memories for you and your friends. And if those friends are licensed drivers, you can easily take turns picking up and dropping off on the way home or en route to school.
Same story for parents: if you drop off your child at school every morning, chat with the other parents about their schedules. Taking turns a few days a week will be good for your wallet and great for the environment!

2. Get Creative
Let’s face it: art supplies are pricey. And with all the presentations, book reports, and poster board projects your child will bring home from school this year, there’s an eco-friendly alternative. So think outside the box-shaped superstore; there are endless supplies all around you!

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Clothespins • Paper towel rolls
  • Cardboard
  • Coffee filters
  • Milk jugs

3. Host a Solar Cookout
Solar cookouts have come a long way since the days of half-cooked hotdogs. Grilled cheese, mini pizzas, s’mores, and cheesy nachos are just a few ideas that’ll satisfy the kids when you’re showing them the power of the sun.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty pizza box
  • Black paper
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tin foil
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Knife

Here’s what you’ll need to do:
First, you’ll want to cut a large flap into the top of your pizza box, careful not to sever the piece from the box entirely. Next, cover the flap with tin foil. And with the flap still open, use a large sheet of plastic wrap to create a window for sunlight to pass through the square cutout and into the box (be sure the wrap is tightly taped to the sides of the box). Now line the bottom of the box with black paper.

Using rolled up newspaper, tape to the inside walls of the pizza box for insulation. This will help keep heat from escaping. Now, use a ruler to prop the flap open, and angle the flap so that sunlight is reflected from the foil and into the box. Now you’re cooking!

4. Take a Field Trip
Some of our fondest memories from school are from taking interesting field trips near and far. There are dozens of places right here in Cumberland County that offer up a wealth of insight and imagination for little ones. Here are a few to consider:

And if transportation is a problem for you and your school, the Cumberland County Improvement Authority will come to you! Talk to Rita about our well-received school-based recycling and Clean Communities presentations by calling 856.825.3700, ext. 2170.

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