Keeping it Green at the 14th Street Y

Kids in our After School, Preschool, and “Now We Are Three” program are always busy learning, growing and thinking about ways to be kind to the world and to each other.

Recently, all of these programs spent some time creating green themed projects, Preschool and Now We Are Three in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Holiday for trees, and After School as part of a whole day of greening.

After School  Counselor Mauricio had the idea to create carnival games out of recycled cardboard.
After School Counselor Mauricio had the idea to create carnival games out of recycled cardboard.
wack a clown
After School kids spent 13 weeks planning and creating games like this one.  The entire After School community got a chance to try them out on ‘greening day’!
bin it to win it
Would you know where to bin it? After School kids play “Bin it to Win it”, and learn when and how to recycle. And when to compost!
house 301 tree
House 301 in our Preschool created this beautiful tree in honor of Tu B’ Shevat. We like to remember the good work the trees are doing to bring us fruits and leaves when spring comes back again.
tree preschool
Preschool House 305 made this ‘present tree’ which you can see when you climb the stairs at the 14th Street Y!
trees tu b'shevat
There are so many ways to use the beauty of nature in the art that we do. We are looking forward to spring!

Our Community Composting Program

Are you composting with us yet?

In March, we began our Community Composting Pilot to help busy urban dwellers like you keep food waste out of the landfill.  It’s easy to do!  Just collect your food waste at home (even meat and dairy is eligible for this program) and bring it to the Y.  Once you’re here, you can weigh it and text the amount to track your diversion rate.  Each text enters you into a raffle to win great things from our community.  April’s raffle prize is a $50 gift certificate from Northern Spy , an amazing restauraunt that uses local, fresh and seasonal foods.

Our goal is to sign up 150 households, and  divert 1 ton of food waste from the landfill by EARTH DAY!  (that’s 4/22/13)

Have you signed up to compost with us?  Just email Camille_Diamond@14StreetY.org to get started.  Keep food out of the landfill, send it back to the earth, and complete the food cycle!

For more information, visit www.14StreetY.org/compost