January has been a busy month. Builder’s Club members still continue to recycle paper and newspapers each week. They have partnered with ROI.
They have also been selling chocolate and roses to be delivered for Valentine’s Day. This fundraiser will most likely benefit the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center. Ethan met with both 7th and 8th grade members and talked about the teen center. He asked for ideas, concerns, needs, and a wish list. There was a great discussion. Builders Club decided it would like to look into purchasing an item on the students wish list for the new Boys and Girls Club.
Builder’s Club members also meet at least once a week to process plastic grocery bags to be repurposed into waterproof mats. There is a need for waterproof mats for refugees and a desire to keep all the bags out of the landfill. Students lay them out flat and then cut off the tops and bottoms. The middle of the bags are tied together to make “playarn” (plastic yarn). They are then weaved to make mats. The tops and bottom of the bags are also used to stuff pillows or stuffed animals. Our students are just processing the bags. After processing here, the bags will be taken to a humanitarian center in Salt Lake City where they will be made into mats. The mats made from the bags our students process will go to Syria and the mountains of Ecuador.
Builder’s Club applied money raised in October to benefit the Richland County Library. Mrs. Allen contacted Kelly Reisig at the library and asked if the club could purchase youth adult books. They asked for their “wish list” and for missing books or books needed to complete series. They gave the club a list of 19 books and the club purchased them. When the books come in, the students will go to the library and help them process them.