Archive for May, 2012

DPW Day: Fourth-graders Take Center Stage

ENERGIZERS — Fourth-graders at the Lincoln School worked hard on their energy project, which will be on display at the May 31 DPW Day 

It’s a rite of passage in the Melrose school system.

When students reach fourth grade, they get to lead the charge in the Elementary School Recycling Gala, an annual highlight of DPW Day, which takes place May 31 at the Public Works Operations Facility (City Yard) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Along with their parents and teachers, students from kindergarten to third grade get to watch the show.

But when you’re a fourth-grader, you are the show.

For the past month, I’ve been working with fourth-grade students at Melrose’s five elementary schools, developing recycling, environmental and sustainability projects for the Gala. Student participation is voluntary but the after-school programs are all well attended and the enthusiasm is amazing. Everyone wants to get in on the action.

Above is a small excerpt from the most recent article in my monthly Recycling Matters column, click below to read the rest.

Paper Shredding Event Success!

Thank you to the Melrose Cooperative Bank and JRM Hauling for sponsoring the very successful Paper Shredding Event on Saturday!

Donations collected at the Paper Shredding Event go to local food pantries. Pictured above: Jessie Schmitt, James Oosterman and Gene Baldi.

Next Recycling Event: Paper Shredding May 19

Done with your taxes and looking for a place to dispose of your sensitive documents? Time to clear out your office clutter? If your answer is “yes” but you don’t have the time and patience to use one of those small paper shredders, head down to the Melrose Public Works Operations Facility (City Yard), 72 Tremont St., on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon.

You can dump boxes of your unwanted documents into an industrial-sized shredder and be done in seconds, thanks to Melrose Cooperative Bank, Mayor Dolan and JRM Hauling. Voluntary cash donations are accepted to benefit local food pantries.