Before your Kaleidoscope visit, challenge students to watch for places designed to help sustain our environment. Think about other ways that we can improve our world.
Do you see highway signs that designate an organization that will keep a portion of the roadway area clean of debris? Organizations are able to “adopt” sections of the highway and will pick up litter and trash at least 4 times a year. They may also plant native grasses and wildflowers near the highway to maintain a clean and pretty environment.
Look for purple/green recycle receptacles . These bins are designated for recycling glass. Glass items are repurposed for new glass products. Glass is also the primary ingredient in fiberglass insulation. What glass products do your students use?
Do you see large yellow bins with a globe logo? These Planet Aid clothes bins help to supply those in need of clothing and shoes. Re-using these items greatly reduces the amount of waste in our landfills. Slightly used or never worn clothing or shoes that are no longer needed can be placed in these bins. The items will be picked up and distributed to other parts of the world.
Crown Center Square has a beautiful water fountain that stores 37,000 gallons of water underground. This fountain has 48 jets and is synchronized to music played by the Kansas City symphony that shoots the water up to 60 feet in the air. This water is recycled at 2,200 gallons per minute. Think of other ways to recycle water.
The Crown Center lobby has several recycle bins located in the atrium area. It encourages guests to place waste materials in bins so that these items can be retrieved and disposed of properly. By using these bins, each person is being responsible in helping to keep the earth clean. What ways are you helping to improve our world?
The Kaleidoscope lobby has a giant “toad” receptacle designed to hold books. Slightly used/unused books are collected and given to organizations that will share these books with other groups or children in need of reading material. Re-purposing books keeps them from wasting landfill space.
Kaleidoscope uses materials from Hallmark that have been identified as discard. Much of the creativity at Kaleidoscope results from your children’s ability to use those materials in ways that were not their original purpose. Reusing materials is a healthy thing to do for our planet. Have your students share with each other things that they do in their family that reuses materials.