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About Green Team


Founded in the Spring of 2007 and becoming a "green" leader in our district, The Mark Twain Elementary School Green Team works hard daily to divert all trash on our public school campus. We have over 150 students in our Green Team club, helping over 650 students separate all lunch trash daily into recyclables, food waste and non-recyclables. We divert over 70,000 gallons of trash each year just by recycling at lunchtime. Cafeteria trash alone has been reduced by over 85%! Twain also recycles paper, cardboard, ink cartridges, bottles/cans and upcycles chip bags daily by sending them to Terracycle. Each month, our Green Team students participate in an after-school meeting where they craft new items from recycled materials.

In addition, volunteers from the school and the community built a beautiful garden on campus in the summer of 2008 and continued phase two in 2009. This outdoor classroom allows children to plant, grow and harvest their own fruits, vegetables and herbs, helping them to truly understand farm to table.

In 2014, Twain was awarded the prestigious honor of being a 2014 Green Ribbon School with the U.S. Department of Education. We had to show outstanding achievement in the following areas: Pillar I: reduce environmental impact and costs; Pillar II: improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and Pillar III: provide effective environmental and sustainability literacy, incorporating STEM education, civic skills, and green career pathways. We achieved this honor through hard work and dedication to being a green campus and by our amazing team of student and parent volunteers and supportive staff.

Aaron Barnett, Green Team Chair,

Ways to Recycle & Earn $ for Twain

Bottles & Cans: The bottles and cans collection date is the last Friday of each month, which coincides with Free Dress Day!  Bags can be dropped off before school at 8am at either the lower or upper grade valet drop-off or at the bin at lower grade lunch benches.

Reminder:  Please separate your plastic from your aluminum recyclables!!


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