These days, it’s difficult to get students to do anything without using sweets as a reward. So how then can you encourage green behaviors in your classroom minus the candy bar bargaining technique? Read on to discover four unique and candy-free incentives for recycling.
In an effort to raise student involvement for his school’s e-waste recycling collection, Mark S. from Vandenberg, CA, posted the following question on our Facebook page: “Can anyone suggest ideas for inexpensive or free incentives for elementary school kids besides candy?”
With a fan base of more than +21,000, we knew we would get some great responses if we reposted Mark’s question, and we were right. Teachers, listen up! Here are some of our favorites:
They are handy AND educational! Use this incentive for reminders and awareness while students do homework. How about an Earth Day bookmark?
Every child’s dream come true! Allow any student, who brings in a Qualifying Item, to enjoy a few extra minutes of recess. They’ll get to play a few more rounds of tag, your school will earn extra cash, and teachers, you’ll appreciate the extra fresh air too!
Want to really make your student feel special? Honor their commitment to bringing in 5 toner cartridges this month by surrendering your seat. They’ll be sitting comfortably and their classmates will notice with envy. We predict more recyclables coming your way, teachers!
Only for the bravest of the brave! Should you set out to recycle a certain amount by the end of the month and accomplish your goal, this incentive is sure to deliver. Give your students the opportunity to dress you up in silly hats, socks, sunglasses etc. Make sure you pack some extra courage in your lunch when you do this because you’ll need it to make yourself believe you can actually pull off those knee-high polka dot socks with that floppy straw hat!
There you have it! Here at FundingFactory, we do our best to provide you with fundraising tips and tricks, but this time, the master is the student. Now go! Take what you have learned and treat your students to a recycling incentive that won’t provoke their sweet tooth!
The best way I know how to teach students to recycle is to show them. As a Support Ambassador for Edmodo and a longstanding FundingFactory participant, I know that both programs are great resources for doing just that. Edmodo is one of my big lessons for recycling, while FundingFactory has given me the chance to show my students how we use our money from recycling ink cartridges to purchase apps that we use on Edmodo.
Edmodo Helps Classrooms Reduce Paper Waste
Edmodo is a secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. We provide a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content and access homework, grades and school notices. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.
Edmodo has helped my classroom go paper-free by allowing students to save work using cloud storage, and by submitting assignments electronically. This is simple way to save money in my budget and help the planet too!
Sustainability Reports Come Alive With FundingFactory
When students sign in to Edmodo, they can see the school’s sustainability report from recycling with FundingFactory. Students use that information to create a poster promoting our efforts in living green using www.postermywall.com. What brings it full circle is when students can say that they brought in printer cartridges or cell phones. By caring out the action of recycling e-waste, students are able to establish green habits while we earn money to purchase apps for our classroom using FundingFactory credit.
Learn more about how Edmodo can benefit classroom relations by visiting their website and checking out their Facebook. You can track your environmental impact when you register for FundingFactory’s FREE fundraising-thru-recycling program! Start earning cash for new technology for your school by collecting these items.
Brian Lewis, guest blogger for FundingFactory, is a computer business teacher at Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins, GA. This Green Ribbon School has been a FundingFactory participant since 2009, having earned more than $1,700 recycling e-waste. Brian is an Edmodo Support Ambassador, Smart Certified Trainer for SMART Technologies, SMART Education Administrator, and won a lesson contest from Brainpop.com and received the 2010 PBS Innovation Award.
FundingFactory is pleased to announce the launch of COLLECTED, a 100% free e-waste recycling program for campuses nationwide. COLLECTED offers customized 1-on-1 support in addition to collection bins, promotional materials, shipping labels, and even freight shipping – all 100% free of cost!
Already working with more than 400 institutions around the country, COLLECTED has recycled over 1 million pounds of electronic waste, including inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, cell phones, and other small e-waste.
While keeping this harmful material out of landfills, schools are also raising funds for sustainability efforts, new classroom technology, charitable donations, scholarships, and nonprofit organizations. We look forward to helping your college or university to do the same!
Questions or comments? Contact COLLECTED representative Conor MacDowell by calling 814.464.1836 or email email@example.com. Happy recycling!
What do ice cream, an octopus, and recycling have in common? They all come together to create one unique success story for FundingFactory participant, Waugh Elementary School District in Petaluma, Calif.
Diana Utroske, classified tech support for the Waugh Elementary School District, has successfully organized an e-waste collection competition each year since October 2002 that has raised $25,800 for her school!
This year-long recycling competition pins the two elementary schools in the district, Corona Creek and Meadow, against each other in a battle of e-waste collection. Just how does this work? Here’s the scoop:
FUN FACT: The winning class collected 911 items in the 2012-2013 school year!
With $25,800 of extra funding brought in from this recycling competition, Diana has been able to purchase 16 color printers, new computers, headphones, laptops, and more cartridges for the Waugh Elementary School District. All of these items are put to good use now that Waugh 2nd grade teachers are using FundingFactory EcoBuddies™ curriculum to educate students during the competition!
Learn how Owen the Octopus can help educate your preK-5th-grade students about recycling e-waste as they carry out ecofriendly acts.
Diana also had the chance to share her fundraising story as a guest of FundingFactory at ISTE 2013, one of the largest educational conferences in the country.
FundingFactory giddy-up’d into town for the annual ISTE conference, which was hosted in San Antonio, Texas last month. The conference was extra special this time around thanks to the company of a loyal participant who joined us in the Lone Star State. Let’s introduce you to a woman who proves that when promoted properly, you too can see $25K in your FundingFactory account.
Diana Utroske, classified tech support at Waugh Elementary School District, traveled from Petaluma, CA to serve as a live testimonial for us during the conference.
She spoke to media professionals, tech coordinators, principals, and educators of all levels about how recycling e-waste with FundingFactory’s free fundraising-thru-recycling program has helped her purchase 16 color printers, a laptop, ink and toner cartridges, and a computer for the library. All those items were placed into the two elementary schools that make up the district, Corona Creek and Meadow Elementary Schools.
Diana shared how every year since becoming a FundingFactory participant in 2002, she has successfully organized a recycling competition between the two schools.
Each classroom goes head to head in a competition to collect as many items of small e-waste as possible before the end of the school year. Each item is worth one point, no matter if it’s a large toner or tiny inkjet cartridge. The students aren’t the only ones with competition fever either! Parents help their children get five extra points when they send in an item of e-waste to school with a business card of the company they are collecting from. This year’s winning class collected 911 items and earned an ice cream party!
“My favorite thing about fundraising with FundingFactory,” says Diana, “is that they hold on to my money like a savings account. It will always be there whenever I want to spend it.”
We would also like to say a great BIG Texas “Thank You” to Diana once more for joining us for the conference. She was a benefit to us in every way, and are so proud to be part of her success story!
Inspired to create your own $25K success story with FundingFactory? It’s easy to start this summer when you check out our latest blog “5 Tips for Summer Collecting.” Read and then register your school to start earning technology for your school!
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