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Recycling field trip stops at imagination station

 

In the studio adjacent to her Columbus home Oct. 20, artist Elayne Goodman shows New Hope MERIT students Andrew Junkin (leaning) and Madeline Beard how bits and pieces most people would discard as junk can be recycled into imaginative art.

In the studio adjacent to her Columbus home Oct. 20, artist Elayne Goodman shows New Hope MERIT students Andrew Junkin (leaning) and Madeline Beard how bits and pieces most people would discard as junk can be recycled into imaginative art. Photo by: Tanner Imes

 

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Fourth-graders Victorie Rush, left, and Jada Jamison stand outside a storm shelter Goodman decorated whimsically with mosaics and found objects. The shelter is part of a colorful, winding embankment filled with permanent installations including cement “ladies” adorned with silverware and a fanciful Lochness-type sea creature.

 

Students marvel at a 950-pound bale of aluminum cans at Columbus Scrap Metal on their recycling field trip. Pictured, from left, are Madeline Beard, Allie Russell, Darby Malone, Kelsi Smith, Kylee Manning, Sydney Melcher and Lori Cox.

 

Goodman tells the story of how this salvaged headboard she painted was found on the roadside. Hi Fi, a family dog, is never far from her side.

 

 

Jan Swoope

 

Fourth- and fifth-grade MERIT students from New Hope Elementary School took a field trip Oct. 20 to learn about recycling first hand. After visiting the Lowndes County landfill, Triangle Maintenance and Columbus Scrap Metal, students took in the eye-popping sights at artist Elayne Goodman''s studio and yard, which are filled with whimsical art made with recyclables of every kind. The students used their own creativity to design and make a magnet from recycled glass. 

 


MERIT students are working with their principal and the school''s PTO to put a recycling plan in place at New Hope. To kick off the project, fifth-graders will present skits and songs to kick off the project at the Nov. 17 PTO meeting. 

 


 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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