Kaleidoscope’s National Recycling Day a Big Success!

On Monday, November 17, 2014, Kaleidoscope Place, in partnership with Hennepin County Environmental Services, had an event in the lobby of the Center for Changing Lives to celebrate National Recycling Day 2014! Fun was had by all! There was a trivia table where you could sign up to win a $50 gift card from Target. There was a big table full of information and giveaways from Hennepin County and an art station where you could make a quilt block from recyclable materials to add to our recycling quilt. Lastly, we had a station for games and for food. The sambusas were delicious! Juweyria Egal, Kyle Engen, Hanad Isak, and Kaela Schweisthal were our gift card winners!! A big thanks to everyone who helped out and visited our event, especially Patience Caso from Hennepin County!

In February, 2015, Kaleidoscope Place will close out our Green Partnership Grant from Hennepin County with a viewing of our film, name and content to be determined! Stay tuned!!

Recycling Trivia: (Shout out to Sean’Tae Cooley-Davis for her hard work!!)
Q.: How many times can aluminum be recycled?
A.: There is no limit – aluminum can be recycled over and over again.

Q.: How many years does plastic take to decompose?
A.: About 500 years.
True or False:
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours. (True)
80 billion aluminum soda cans are used worldwide each year.
(False – how many are used in the U.S. alone)
Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away each year in the U.S. (True)
Americans use 4 million plastic bottles every hour, yet only 1 bottle out of every 4 is recycled. (True)
Recycling lowers your gasoline prices. (True)
It saves more energy to burn plastic than to recycle it. (False – Recycling saves twice as much energy)

Spring is Here!

By:  Mary Lundquist, Executive Director

As I write this article robins are catching worms, lawns are turning green, trees are budding and Kaleidoscope staff are planning our summer program.  And what a summer it will be! We will have some changes this year that will mean some great opportunities for the students.  Our gardening program will offer opportunities for learning about bugs, bees and crawlies.  Our students will be engaged in art projects related to culture as well as using found objects.  We have a grant to teach recycling to our students, families and to our community and hope to make a real impact in helping our environment.  Read More

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