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December 2021
Volume:32 Issue: 3
See SCARCE holiday hours here.

Over 230 tons of pumpkins have been collected with more sites still reporting!

Did you know individual schools can join the effort to help compost fall pumpkins? Put a reminder in your calendar to connect your school to fun eco-learning next year!

For photos and more, check out our blog.
York High School students helped make this year's Smash a success!
Sustainable Design Challenge
Mark your calendars. The 16th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge is coming back in Spring, 2022! Learn more!
EPA 2022 President's
Student & Teacher
Environmental Awards Now Open
Administrator Michael S. Regan of the EPA believes advancing environmental education is key to protecting our communities.

“I’ve been so impressed with the teachers and students across the country who are leading these efforts," Regan said. "I’m looking forward to seeing the new and innovative ways they are sharing their knowledge through the 2022 competition.”

For 2022 award recipients, EPA is seeking applications on a variety of environmental topics from both teachers and students in grades K-12.

Prairie School of DuPage Visits SCARCE
On October 12 and 14, SCARCE welcomed students from the Prairie School of DuPage. The students are working on their Earth and Water Quality flags for their school.

Contact Jean at if your class, scout troop, or eco-club would like to learn about conserving natural resources and building sustainable communities.
Watershed Model Travels To Hawthorne & Jefferson Schools in Elmhurst
Hawthorne and Jefferson elementary schools in Elmhurst had watershed models visit this month! The models are interactive tools for teaching about watersheds and pollution.

Want to learn more about our watershed model activities? Contact Jean at or check out our website for details.
Models can come to you!
Upcoming Recycling Events
Saturday, Dec 11
Saturday, Dec 18
Thank you November Volunteers!
Students from Addison Trail, Carmel Catholic, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale South, Solorio Academy, Wheaton North and York High Schools helped make Pumpkin Smash Successful!
Wheaton North and Elk Grove High School students joined the team helping at the monthly Wheaton electronics recycling event.
Park View Elementary School students helped sort and peel crayons for our Super Crayon Project.
Thanks to everyone who gave their time this month to make the world cleaner and greener!
SCARCE has gently used books, school supplies, art supplies, musical instruments and many more items for educators. Visit SCARCE's website to learn who is eligible to receive supplies.

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Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Hours:
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Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman,the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Jan Breyne, Rachel Carlson, Jasmine Flores, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Rose Naseef, Carina Ruscitti & Julie Wachowski

Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 190000000000000
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program.