On a recent Thursday, 10 teachers from Pearland schools participated in a Keep America Beautiful Waste in Place Teacher Training sponsored by Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB). Held at the City of Pearland Annex after the school year ended. Teachers participated in hands on activities that will help us increase Pearland’s landfill diversion rate.
KPB Executive Director Andrew Miller said, “teaching Pearland student’s environmental responsibility can only happen if we give Pearland teachers the tools and training that they need.”
Keep America Beautiful believes that it’s crucial that our future leaders understand waste issues and how waste can be managed. While there will always be garbage, it must be dealt with safely — even after recycling, composting, and source reduction have done their part.
The classroom curriculum supplement Waste in Place, for grades K-6, builds critical thinking, processing, and problem-solving skills through imaginative, hands-on lessons. Lessons can be taught individually or in sequence. The curriculum supplement contains over 40 lesson plans on many diverse subjects, including community greening, litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, landfills, water conservation, energy conservation and much more.
Developed and field-tested by professional educators and waste experts, the curriculum supplement is being used nationwide by thousands of teachers to influence positive behavior, to foster social responsibility and respect for the environment, and to enrich the learning experience.
Keep Pearland Beautiful hosts a summer teacher workshop every year, but is willing to train teachers at other times of the year if someone shows interest. Call KPB at 281-652-1779 or email us at [email protected] for more information about organizing a training for more Pearland teachers.