August 2019

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Rocksey’s Toolbox

August is here, along with preparations for a new school year. It’s exciting to see schools and teachers implementing environmental education in grades K-5. In collaboration with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, we created Rocksey the Raccoon and her toolkit with lesson plans, activity sheets, and student standards. This curriculum focuses on litter, pollution, and good stewardship for our environment. Click here to download Rocksey’s Toolkit with curriculum and materials to incorporate into your lesson plans.

Little Gnome Fact

Shopping for school supplies? Check out these ballpoint pens made from recycled water bottles! Bottle-2-Pen gel ink pens are made from 89% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Water bottles not only contribute to plastic pollution, but to world pollution in general. Kick-start your back to school shopping by making sustainable choices for you and the environment. To learn more about this product, visit Pilot Pens here.  

 

DIY Project Ideas

In Your Neighborhood

Pop-Up Playground – These playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play, stocked with recycles materials (such as cardboard boxes, fabric, tape and string) and staffed by playworkers.  An introductory version of the classic adventure playground model, they gently introduce themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play together. Visit this website to learn more.

Yard Work – Organize a crew to clean areas in older cemeteries, parks and church grounds.

 

At Your School

Adopt Rocksey’s Toolbox – If you’re a 4th or 6th grade teacher, contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov to get your own Rocksey’s Toolbox to incorporate in your lesson plans.

Outdoor Classroom – Work with your students or a teacher to help build an outdoor classroom. Being outdoors not only helps everyone get a breath of fresh air, but it promotes more engagement in their education and develops interest about their environment and wider surroundings.

 

In Your Workspace

Embrace A Space – Act as advocates, beautifying a public space with quarterly litter cleanup events of a designated space in your community. Contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

Reduce your Office Waste – Appoint a committee to assess how much waste your business is responsible for and come up with ideas of reducing that waste. Consider quarterly paper-shredding days and encourage employees to use reusable water bottles. Place a recycle bin next to the trash for cans, bottles and other recyclable material.

 

At Your Parks

Plogging – If you like to jog, this one’s easy for you. Plogging – picking up litter while jogging. The term is a mash-up of jogging and the Swedish “plocka-upp” meaning pick up.

Plant a Tree – TreesAcadiana is a non-profit organization dedicated to planting and conserving trees, urban areas and community forests. The primary goal of the organization is to maintain the community’s living environment. TreesAcadiana sponsors public tree plantings; provides education on the importance of planting and conserving trees and urban forests; and, supports the preservation of historic trees and green spaces. Learn more about tree preservation and volunteer opportunities here.

 

In Your Home

Know Before you Throw – Lafayette Consolidated Government wants you to repurpose your unwanted household items. Check out their list of businesses and non-profit organizations that accept them for resale, reuse, recycling, or safe disposal.

 

 

 

Partner of the Month

One Acadiana 

Embrace A Space is a commitment by an organization or business to join forces with Gnome Nation. They can act as advocates, beautifying a public space with quarterly litter cleanup events of a designated space. Project Front Yard gives a special thanks to One Acadiana for creating more green spaces by embracing University Ave. Your help made a huge difference in restoring the Lafayette community. To learn about how your business or organization can Embrace A Space, contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

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