• Did you know that Andover Regional School District first became certified through Sustainable Jersey for Schools in June 2017?

    ARSD's Green Team focused on initiatives including creating a collaborative team with connections to community resources, district sustainability and green cleaning policies, green cleaning supplies, policies to promote physical activity, and promoting participation in the arts. A grant was submitted received through Sustainable Jersey for Schools to install refillable water bottle stations in both FMB and LPS, with educational materials posted to explain the benefits of healthy water and reusable water bottles. Students received sustainability education through the school garden, field trips, community service opportunities, and teacher-created lesson plans. Our goals include continuing sustainability education, and increasing student-led efforts in community service, recycling programs, and expanding out use of outdoor space.

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Sustainable Jersey LPS Certification
  • February 12, 2020

     

    Mr. Fleming, Dr. Van Blarcom, & Mrs. Mizelle accept the NJEA grant funds at a luncheon at The College of New Jersey.

    LPS and FMB were each awarded a $2,000 grant through Sustainable Jersey for Schools in collaboration with NJEA. The grant funds will be used to purchase an additional water bottle refilling station for each school, as well as enough filters to maintain all district refilling stations for 3 years! This funding allows us to continue providing access to clean drinking water, reduce the number of plastic bottles entering the waste stream, and continue educating students on best sustainability practices. Click the link below to read more about it:

    42 NJ Schools and Districts Get Grants to Bring Sustainability Ideas to Life

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  • Census 2020 Q&A

    Posted by Melissa Van Blarcom on 3/27/2020

    What is the Census?

    The U.S. Census is an important survey that takes place every 10 years. The survey counts every person who lives in the United States and its 5 territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

    What is the Census data used for?

    1. Funding for schools, hospitals, fire departments, roads, and other community resources.

    2. Information for educators, law makers, and business owners to help provide services.

    3. Determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    4. Draw cogressional and state legislative maps. 

    Why should I participate?

    As a community member, your survey helps our schools and local community agencies receive the financial support we depend on to provide daily services. Children under the age of 5 are one of the most frequently undercounted groups of people. They won't be counted again until ages 10-15, so we will lose potential funding for 10 years for every uncounted child! This funding includes education as well as school lunch. Please complete your survey and make sure every ARSD child counts!

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  • The History of LPS Earth Club

    Posted by Melissa Van Blarcom on 3/20/2020

    By Rosemary D. Hoffmann, founder of LPS Earth Club

    I was raised on 20 acres of gardens, fields, and woods. We spent hours and hours playing in the woods. My parents were both horticulturists, so we learned the names of the trees, flowers, and other plants. Our vacations were camping, in a tent and later in a pop-up trailer. Our activities included walking through the woods, going to the beach, and scouring the evening beach at low tide.

    I have been a tree hugger since the first Earth Day in 1970 when I was in college. My household has recycled for as long as I can remember. Since I’ve had my own home, we have used cloth napkins and very few paper towels.

    When I taught 2nd or 4th grades, we always celebrated Earth Day with fun activities that the National Wildlife Federation supplied, and took them outdoors when possible. I thought about starting an environmental club but felt that the primary grades were too young.

    When I was transferred to the middle school, I got permission to start a club. I spoke to the students in both lunches briefly about the club which I saw as learning about and caring for the environment.

    My first meeting had maybe 10 to 15 kids. The second meeting had only 5th graders—the youngest grade in the building. But there were maybe eight to ten kid who were very interested. I figured that they would make a good beginning and that we’d get more kids from each incoming 5 th grade. We needed a name for the club. One day, the kids started before I got there. They had EARTH written on the chalkboard and had gotten as far as Environmental Association for. . . Together we came up with the rest. The Environmental Association for Restoring Terrestrial Health. Or EARTH Club.

    Andover Township always had an annual road clean-up so we always participated in that. One year we were able to get a bus to take us to Sandy Hook to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup.

    We sold T-shirts each year for a company who would buy and preserve an acre of rainforest for every 10 shirts that we sold. Each year the company chose a different area of the world. One year it was Madagascar. That same year the Bronx Zoo had a special exhibit on Madagascar! So we raised some money and made a trip to the zoo where we got to see in person the animals we were working to save.

    When I heard that bottle caps were being thrown away instead of being collected, the Club began collecting them. We made a mural of the ocean out of the bottle caps.

    After the school built an addition, we discovered that there was a large courtyard that was completely surrounded. There could be no deer, ground hogs, or even rabbits in there. Monika, who had joined me in leading the Club by then, and I both thought the courtyard would be a great place for a garden. I presented the idea to the Club and they also thought it was a great idea. So, with the administration’s support and lots of help from the custodial staff, we took some unused cinderblocks and built a raised bed garden in the courtyard. We purchased and had donated tools, soil, coir, and everything we needed. By then the Club was larger so I formed a committee who went through the Burpee Catalog and picked out what seeds to by. They picked out red, yellow, orange, and purple carrots, round, white cucumbers, and other fun varieties of vegetables. For the summer, I assigned students a week to care for the garden. That way, if it rained one day, they knew they didn’t have to go. They weeded when necessary and were allowed to harvest and  take home anything that was ready during their week.

    The next school year, we built a second bed and planted strawberries, raspberries, and a few blueberry bushes. At one point, we were able to share some raw vegetables with the whole school during their lunch periods. We did some other “educational” activities throughout the school year.

    When I started the club, I wanted to share my love of the environment with the kids so they would continue to take care of it. I hope I succeeded.

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  • ARSD Recycling Initiatives

    Posted by Melissa Van Blarcom on 3/12/2020 8:40:00 AM

    LPS Earth Club students have made it their mission to continue and expand recycling initiatives in our school. Here's some more information on each program:

    TREX plastic materials recycling

    We are entering our 5th year of participating in the TREX program. TREX uses plastic materials to make their deck materials by collecting grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, wood pellet bags, ziplock & other re-sealable bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, salt bags, and cereal bags. All materials must be clean, dry and free of food residue.

    Terracycle candy and snack wrappers recycling

    TerraCycle has created a zero waste solution for snack wrappers. Use this box to recycle wrappers from candy, chips, granola bars and other snacks. Earth Club students help to educate their peers on the need to recycle their wrappers, and have designed 3 recycling boxes for the wrappers that are visible in the cafeteria.

    Wands for Wildlife mascara wand recycling

    A wildlife rehabilitation nonprofit in Western North Carolina, recycles old mascara wands to help remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of animals. They work great because the bristles are so close together and gentle to use on the injured and orphaned wild animals receiving care.

    We are looking for families to bring in clean wands for donation!

    Crayola ColorCycle

    ColorCycle is our Crayola Marker Recycling Program that converts plastic into reusable energy. This North American K-12 collection program allows for free marker recycling in the contiguous United States and parts of Canada. Crayola collects used markers, recovers the plastic, and converts it into reusable energy.

    Please send in any used markers for recycling!

    Office and classroom paper recycling

    Earth Club students have collected and distributed copy paper boxes marked for paper recycling to ensure our used paper is properly recycled into our single-steam bin rather than ending up in the trash can. Custodians remove filled boxes and place them directly in our municipal recycling bin.

    Re-Use America fabric recycling

    Clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, and toys meeting their criteria is collected to be reused and recycled. The bin for the district is located in the FMB parking lot.

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