Nature Friendly Schools Recycling Thanks to PEASMA and Garden Club
By Layla Wright-Contreras
Over 7,500 boys and girls in local elementary schools have been introduced to a new way of seeing, feeling, knowing and participating with the environment thanks to the San Miguel de Allende Environmental Program (PEASMA) a project of the Fundación de Apoyo Infantil Guanajuato, A.C.
Nature Friendly Schools
In the 2010-2011 school year, PEASMA formed 12 “Nature-Friendly Schools” in which two students from each classroom come together with teachers and parents to form committees and sign a work plan for their school. All schools have opted for adopting an environmental protection section in their school newspapers, establishment of a nursery, and establishment of a permanent campaign to reduce and save paper. They are all also separating their garbage, recycling and composting —the need for recycling bins became apparent.
Garden Club: Supporting Environmental Education and Recycling
Enter the Garden Club who has supported the program by donating a total of 74 recycling bins for nine local elementary schools participating as “Nature-Friendly Schools.” In this way, the Garden Club and PEASMA directly benefited 2,149 local elementary-aged children, motivating them to recycle both at school and at home. The bins provide a long-term sustainable option while giving the children a sense of pride when they separate. Schools have taken steps to create relationships to have the separated waste bought and have used the income to purchase balls or other material needs.
The Garden Club donation of the bins was celebrated at a ceremony at the Fernando Montes de Oca School on November 4 where children from the Nature-Friendly Committee addressed the importance of their work. There was a ceremony in which separated waste was moved from the temporary painted boxes that were being used for recycling to the nice hanging units donated by the Garden Club.
The Garden Club has been a long-standing supporter of PEASMA. From 2006 to 2010, they contributed significant financial support to PEASMA for the environmental education programs and workshops for elementary students by supporting the payment of salaries for a teacher. With their continued support of PEASMA, they stay true to their objective to “promote projects of civic interest and community projects to benefit the city of San Miguel de Allende and surrounding areas.”