Traveling Trash Bash visits Pickens schools

The Recycle Guys and Gilli the Stormwater Fish visit each school and help the students sing a recycle song. The TTB travels around the county in a decorated trailer with environmental education messages including “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, “Don’t Litter” and “Only Rain Down the Storm Drain.”

PICKENS — The Pickens County Traveling Trash Bash (TTB), now in its 14th year, was on the road traveling to each Pickens County elementary school during February.

This event was presented by the Pickens County Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee and the Pickens County Offices of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling, Stormwater, and Public Relations.

The Traveling Trash Bash teaches third-grade students about recycling, composting, litter control, beautification, air quality, household hazardous chemicals, water conservation, and stormwater-runoff pollution.

The material correlates with third-grade curriculum standards and is presented in a fun and interactive way with stations for each topic. Educational materials are given to each child to take home, thereby extending the outreach of information to families and friends.

Incentives are given to encourage each child and family to take one step toward a better environment. Class participation of 100 percent in the incentive program earns an ice cream party for that class.

The take-home packets include a TTB activity book and T-shirt, environmental education literature, seeds to plant, and other items to encourage conservation and protection of natural resources.

On average, the TTB crew spends 1,000 hours presenting the TTB in the schools in addition to 200+ volunteer hours planning, preparing, and evaluating the TTB, which is done with a pre-test and post-test taken by each third grade student.

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