Doing “green” things around your home or office can help students at two Cincinnati Public Schools earn money to build greenhouses and garden plots on their campuses.
People can help the schools — North Avondale Montessori School and Pleasant Hill Academy — by donating the “green” points they earn through participation in Recyclebank. Recyclebank awards points online for doing “green” actions, such as household recycling and reducing energy use.
North Avondale Montessori plans to purchase a greenhouse, two cold frames to extend the growing season and two potting benches. Pleasant Hill Academy wants to create nine raised-bed garden plots. The items will be active learning tools for students at both schools, who will be involved in the planting and harvesting of the food grown.
The two schools are participating in the Recyclebank Green Schools Program, which awards environmental project grants to schools by transferring donated points into dollars — thereby turning a community’s “green” actions into funds for local education. Since 2007, Recyclebank has granted about $350,000 to more than 100 schools.
For every 250 points donated, the school earns $1 toward its project, which is matched by Recyclebank.
Sign up at recyclebank.com. Click on the Green Schools Program (under About Us), then click on “View All Green Schools” to donate to North Avondale or Pleasant Hill schools.