Turning trash into treasure
Primary school pupils have created a museum to showcase projects created with recycled materials.
The Trash to Treasure Museum opened at Port Royal Primary School this week.
Stephanie Correia, the Southampton school's science teacher leader, said that pupils were delighted to take part in the project.
She added: “The options were endless for them so they really took ownership of this project.”
Ms Correia said that pupils had been given a “substantial amount of time” to collect recyclable materials “in order to create a product that was practical and purposeful and could easily be used in the real world”.
The students created a wide range of projects, including slippers made using straws, tissue paper, foil and old shoe insoles; desk organisers made of towel rolls and cardboard boxes; and a “stoodle” — a stool made from pool noodles, soda bottles and wood.
Ms Correia said that members of environmental group Keep Bermuda Beautiful and education organisation Bermuda Education Network, as well as parents and family members, had visited the museum.
She added: “Their comments and words of encouragement have been very special to the kids.”
The school had focused on waste management this year, including ways to reduce waste and the impact trash had on the island.
Ms Correia said: “The idea of a Trash to Treasure Museum came out of wondering what I could do to help the students understand the problem we are facing in our own community and also help them understand this is something their generation must create solutions for.”
She added: “I think allowing them to physically create solutions — even though small — has helped them understand that reusing items or creating them into something new will benefit the earth in a big way.”
The museum will be open until Friday.