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October 2020
Volume: 31 Issue: 2
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.

Energy Efficiency Day is Oct 7th: Check out our Energy resources, including the Energy Bike in our "Pedal Power" video.
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!

This event is outside. Please wear a mask and mind your distance.

Learning resources:

Get involved! Learn how your students can help make the Pumpkin Smash a success.
In the news: The Pumpkin Smash is featured in Scholastic's October issues of SuperScience (p.14-15) and Science World magazines.
Check out our new video in Spanish on the importance of protecting clean water and the storm drain medallion project.

SCARCE's storm drain medallion project helps community members of all ages protect clean water. Volunteers can install educational markers on drains along their local streets. These medallions are an eye-catching reminder that our storm drains go straight to local waterways - and putting anything besides water down the drain pollutes our water.
This grant from KidsGardening and the Klorane Botanical Foundation aims to help students learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. Twelve schools will be awarded grants of $1200 of cash and materials. Applications are due Oct 30th.
From Lost to Found
Does your school have a frightening amount of items in your lost and found? Central to saving resources is caring for and reusing what we already have - an effective lost and found system is key.

You know what they say: out of sight, out of mind. Display lost items so students will see what they perhaps didn't realize went missing. Try this cute and creative way of displaying items - with a hanging skeleton from your science room! Students will be sure to notice what it's wearing.

Throwback: photo taken at Turner School in West Chicago circa 1997.
Students are asked to submit a 30 second video creatively demonstrating the 2021 International Compost Awareness Week theme "Grow, Eat...Compost...Repeat." All entries will be shown on the ICAW YouTube channel. Open to students in grades 4-8. Entries due Nov 2nd. More info & Enter.
Story Time with SCARCE: The Old Red Rocking Chair
Join Jean for story time in the SCARCE studio! Follow along as she reads The Old Red Rocking Chair by Phyllis Root. This story demonstrates how items can be reused and recycled many times over as we follow the transformation of a red rocking chair. This book is ideal for prek-2nd grade students. View NGSS, download a themed word search, and check out Scholastic's free lesson plan for this book.

This video is also available in our eLearning resources on
Visitors to our Reuse Center have selected over
58,800 books
to help the people they serve since we
re-opened June 15th - only 16 weeks!
IEPA Offering Schools Assistance to Dispose of Chemicals
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is offering to help Illinois K-12 public and private schools with proper disposal of hazardous educational wastes for free. This does not include products from buildings and grounds or other non-curriculum activities. Funds are limited so don't delay. Contact for an application or more info.
Schedule a Remote Program for your Class
Our educators are ready to engage your students via live programs on Zoom. Choose from a variety of environmental topics including clean water, the 3Rs, natural resource globe, and more.

Contact us to discuss what we can do for your group.
Thurs, Oct 8th @ 8am-12pm
Learn how your school can implement Best Management Practices for deicing this winter to save on salt and reduce chloride pollution in waterways while keeping walkways and driving areas safe.
Planet-Friendly Pumpkin Decor
These ideas are great ways to use upcycled or natural materials to make festive and even educational displays for the fall season at school or in your classroom.
Steel cans painted as jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins made out of stuffed and painted paper bags.
A creative fall-themed recycling display that used pumpkins to show what can be recycled at home.
Earth Chats Season 3 airing now!
Season 3 of our casual and informative podcast, Earth Chats, is out now! New episodes are released every Monday. Listen on or wherever you get podcasts. Already a fan of the show? Give us a rating on iTunes and share it with a friend!
SCARCE Reuse Center & SCARCE-LY USED now open every Saturday
That's right! Our Reuse Center for teachers and non-profits is now open every Saturday from 9am-12pm. Stop by and stock up on supplies and books for your students - whether you are seeing them in person or virtually. SCARCE-LY USED is open to the public and offers gently-used adult fiction, non-fiction, kids activity books and LP records.
We moved! Now open in Addison
We are open at our new home at 800 S. Rohlwing Rd (Rt53) in Addison! Stop by and get books and supplies for your students. Masks are required and there is plenty of space to social distance.
Upcoming Eco-Events
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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Select Saturdays 9am-12pm (view dates)

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......Columbus Day 10/12
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.
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.