In recognition of Earth Day and their ongoing efforts to be mindful of everyone and everything, including the environment, members of the student council and Earth Keepers Club at Village Elementary School in Syosset teamed to upcycle approximately 80 pounds of used bottle caps, beautify the school entrance and send an important message to others.
Students collaborated on colorful art projects made from bottle caps of different colors and sizes collected through a school-wide effort. Many projects were created as murals, some as sculptures. Every piece of artwork carries a theme of respect for the environment and all living things and serves as an example of a creative way to reuse an item that would normally be discarded. The artwork is currently on display in the school lobby and main hallway.
According to Andrew Fazzolari, an officer with student council, the two groups researched online to come up with interesting ideas on how to make the bottle caps into eye-catching projects that delivered impactful messaging for others to take notice.
“We talked about how all of these bottle caps usually get thrown away and how we wanted to do something about it,” said Fazzolari. “It was fun making them into something new.”
Faculty members/advisers Eileen Hoffman (student council), Dianne O’Connell (enrichment) and Michelle Potvin (Earth Keepers) all contributed their leadership to the students’ effort. Every classroom participated in the collection of the bottle caps.