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Kids recycling old into new

Author:  Terry Haggerty

Cedar Creek Middle School student Andreana Herrera got an early start on recycling and helping to preserve the environment.

“I was making mini-houses out of paper when I was eight years old,” said Herrera, 12, a seventh grade student.  “I used to make a lot of stuff out of stuff I found around the house.”

She had some solid advice for fellow students.

“If you are bored, try making something out of recycled materials – it allows for a lot of creativity,” Herrera said.

Herrera is just one nearly 100 Bastrop ISD students who recently participated in the Recycle More Art Contest, sponsored by the local environmental group, Keep Bastrop County Beautiful.

The annual contest encourages youth to recycle materials in unique ways. Students in pre-kindergarten through high school art classes participated in the project, which began Jan. 18 and ended on Feb. 23.

“We were just astounded by the creativity of the youth who participated,” Dorothy Skarnulis, co-chair of KBCB, said on Monday. “The importance of this project is that the children are realizing that recycling in a community really matters and can be used to improve the environment.”

Skarnulis said cash prizes will be awarded to winners in multiple categories at each school when the results of judging are announced by the BISD central office on March 15.

Students in pre-K and kindergarten colored a designed page; first through third grade students designed bookmarks with recycling themes; fourth-graders made folders with the same theme; fifth and sixth-grade students created designs for cloth bags; seventh and eighth grade students produced art collages and sculptures; and high school students produced television commercials about recycling.

Quite a handbag

Debbie Hill, a CCMS eighth grade student, crafted a superb handbag from cutout portions of magazines and decorated it with pop-top tabs.

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say the handbag could hold its own – so to speak – in an art-nouveau shop in Greenwich Village.

Jamil Khan, 13, also an eighth grade student, made an airplane out of three sawed-off plastic water bottles. To give his aerial art piece a little twist, Jamil fashioned a cardboard cutout of a shark flying the plane.

“You can make a lot of neat stuff out of recycled materials,” Khan said.

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