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Learning the A-B-Cs of recycling - An environmental education program kicks off at PS 132 with musician Louie Miranda

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Students at P.S. 132 are tuning into recycling.

Waste Management of New York and Materials for the Arts (MFTA) recently launched an innovative environmental education program at P.S. 132 (320 Manhattan Ave.) with a kickoff concert headlined by musician and educator Louie Miranda.

The program, run by MFTA and sponsored by Waste Management, shows second- and fifth-grade students how to recycle and reuse materials for creative art and music projects, under the guidance of MFTA teaching artist Joy Suarez.

At the P.S. 132 concert, Miranda performed his original compositions using instruments made from reusable materials. Artist Joy Suarez worked with two classes to create simple musical instruments to play along. The instruments were made from assorted plastic bottles students brought from home. The interactive concert and workshop was designed to get students excited about learning how to be stewards of the environment and to show how simple it is to locate items from home that can be reused for new purposes, rather than thrown away.

Over the course of the school year, Suarez will return to P.S. 132 to conduct workshops on creative ways students can reuse materials for school arts projects. In the process, students learn the positive impact they can have by reducing waste, reusing and recycling plastic, glass, paper and other materials.

P.S. 132 students will also take a field trip to the Materials for the Arts facility in Queens, which gathers and distributes free reusable materials to schools and arts groups citywide. The youngsters will learn how recycling is done by creating their own hand-made paper and will create small sculptures that illustrate the concepts of reducing, reusing and rethinking waste.

“This is the second year our program has run at P.S. 132,” said MFTA Director Harriet Taub. “We’re delighted to be invited back, and we look forward to working with teachers and kids to show how we can all be better environmental stewards by rethinking waste – and by reusing materials, instead of throwing them away. We’re excited by the creativity and enthusiasm students brought to the kickoff concert, and we’re looking forward to a productive partnership with the school over the coming months.”

“Children are our most precious resource and are the environmental leaders of tomorrow. As the industry leader in waste and environmental services, and the largest recycler in North America, Waste Management is proud to support Materials for the Arts and its innovative environmental education programs, which are showing the next generation how to ‘think green’,” said Rachel Amar, Community Relations Manager for Waste Management of New York. “By educating grade schoolers on the importance of the environment, we hope to spur discussion at school and at home with their families – and truly make a difference for the future.”

PS 132 is located at 320 Manhattan Avenue.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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