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November 2020
Volume: 31 Issue: 3
Story Time with SCARCE: Michael Recycle
America Recycles Day is Nov 15th
November 15th is America Recycles Day! Join Jean for story time in the SCARCE studio as she reads Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel. Michael Recycle tells the adventures of a young superhero whose power allows him to teach people about recycling. This book is ideal for prek-2nd grade students. View NGSS and download a themed word search,

Find this video and more on our eLearning portal.
Our new eLearning page offers resources so you can engage and connect with your students from anywhere! Find brief video lessons on everything from energy to water, air, soil, nature, and the 3Rs and waste.

Each video is accompanied by NGSS and sources for further exploration. More resources are in the works and we will be updating our eLearning page regularly.
Composting organic waste is one of the best things we can do for our planet! Drop off your pumpkins for composting at a Pumpkin Smash location near you. Composting is nature's form of recycling - it protects clean water, restores soil health, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. So don't trash your pumpkin - smash it!

Learning resources:
St. James the Apostle Catholic School in Glen Ellyn worked with us last school year to re-energize and improve their eco-friendly practices We're happy to finally have been able to recognize their efforts by awarding them with an Earth Flag in an outdoor ceremony this past month.
Does your school have a project that benefits local water quality? Get help with up to 25% of costs from DuPage County Stormwater Management. Both individuals and organizations may apply. Sample projects include permeable pavers, green roofs, and native plant restoration.
Looking beyond our own small planet can give us a greater appreciation for our unique home and inspire stewardship of our natural resources. Supplement your lessons about space with this simple craft. We've got all the materials here at SCARCE! Download instructions here.

Students can explore more about the solar system on NASA's Space Place which is full of fun facts, games, activities and more crafts.
Join the Board on Science Education and the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health in this webinar that explores what we are learning about health and epidemiological issues as schools reopen for in-person education.
The 2021 Sustainable Design Challenge is going virtual! Student teams are tasked with designing a building according to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design then submitting a video presentation. Projects will be evaluated by professionals in architecture and engineering. Registration opens in February. Entries due in April 2021. More details coming soon!
Winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Open to creative projects that adapt to remote, hybrid, and in-person learning.
Creative Upcycling Inspiration
Make a turkey complete with neck-tie feathers for your Thanksgiving display using old ties from home or a thrift store.
Paper pumpkins with spiral notebook ring vines.
We now accept clean & empty skin care, hair care, and cosmetic packaging from any brand for recycling through Terracycle. Learn more about what is accepted.
Illinois DNR Education Grant Applications Open
Two grant opportunities are available for Illinois educators:
Upcoming Eco-Events
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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Ages 14+)

Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing.

If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Al - Andrea - Bonnie - Cindy - Davina -Diane - Denny - Gary- Gayle - Glenn - Greg - Gregg - Jane - Janice - Jen - Jill - Jim - John P. - John G. - Joyce - Karen - Kath - Kathy - Linda - Marcy - Marilyn - Mary Lynn - Maureen - Nancy - Penny - Sharon - Susan - Tip
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Saturdays 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......9am-12pm Wed, Nov 25th & Sat, Nov 28th
CLOSED......Thurs-Fri Nov 26th-27th
We moved! Now at 800 S. Rohlwing Rd (Rt 53), Addison
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, Liz Chaplin, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director; Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef

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