Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Box and #BagItForward

I am so honored to be participating in the Bag It Forward program with Champions for Kids, again! Working on this Bag It Forward program and working with Champions for kids always makes me happy because nothing feels better than helping people and working for a great cause.

If you remember, I shared the Bag It Forward program with you guys in July. This time, I’m introducing the Elmer’s Glue Crew program and sharing the recycling box that I made for a local elementary school.

Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program is a fun, hands-on way to teach about recycling. As a program member, teachers and students have access to plenty of helpful recycling-related curriculum and fun projects to keep your kids excited about recycling. Best of all, teachers and students also have the opportunity to win hundreds of great prizes, including a year-end Grand Prize! Using the Elmer’s recycling box with the proper label on it, the teachers collect empty blue bottles and sticks throughout the school year for a chance to win!

Since my little man is not in school yet, I met a principal of a local elementary school through a friend and  made the recycling box for her school. They actually have a “go green team” that consists of about 25 students and they were very excited to hear about the program. Those little students adopted a pretty big part of the road around the school, cleaned it and are keeping it clean and green.

I decided to make my Bag It Forward donation to the same school. I went to WalMart to pick up some supplies for the recycling bin and school supplies to donate. I used my Elmer’s 1st Day App to take some pictures and upload it to my account. If you want to get the app, it is available for download directly from the iTunes Store and Google Play or on  http://the1stday.com/walmart. The Elmer’s 1st Day™ app is a FREE mobile app that enables parents to capture those priceless “1st day” moments. For every photo uploaded, Elmer’s will donate one product to The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) (up to 200,000 products). (Catch my shopping album on Google+)

For this project, I reused a box that I already had. I turned the box inside out and glued it back together. I used white gift wrapping paper to cover the box. I brushed the box first with Elmer’s all purpose glue and then I wrapped it. 

Using my trusty X-Acto knife, I cut out 2 pages of leaves and three arrows from a green card-stock paper (about 30 leaves). On the Glue Crew website, I found these great cut-outs to use for the sides of the box. Using an extra strength Elmer’s glue stick, I arranged and glued all the cutouts and leaves onto the sides of the box. I also printed the collection box return label and placed it on the back of the box to make it easier for the teacher to return the box of empty glue bottles. 

I bought a new black Painter’s Paint Marker which, gratefully, has a fine tip and wrote “reduce, reuse, recycle” around the Earth tree.

I also made a small presentation board with the 2011-2012 Teacher Planning Calendar and some information about the Elmer’s Glue Crew for the teacher.  I used Elmer’s folded, presentation poster board, printed the information on white card-stock paper and glued it on the poster board. 

My WalMart did not have the Elmer’s 1st Day App stand with school’s lists anymore, so I picked up some of the more popular supplies to donate to the art/craft room at the elementary school. 

 Yesterday, I met with the principal of the elementary school and gave her the recycling box and the school supplies. She was very excited and already knew that the recycling box will go into their craft room. She was also excited to share the information with the leader of their “go green team”.

 If you want to find some more information on Bag It Forward movement or 1st Day app please visit Their Website, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and and Elmer’s. #BagItForward #CBias #SocialFabric. All the opinions and photographs are my own!

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  1. Terri says

    You had me at the start with all that lovely green, my favorite color! How wonderful that the school has a “Go Green” team! Love it! The perfect addition, along with your thoughtful supplies, for their craft room! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience with Bag It Forward and the Elmer’s Glue Crew!

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