Baltimore Trash Talk's School Recycling & Litter Program sprang from a series of presentations to students held during the Synergy Exhibition and River of Recycling Event (see Baltimore Trash Talk Rivers of Recycling - Artscape, Park & Colleges project). The response to the presentations was so positive, I used the presentation materials and a costume I had designed for the Creative Alliance costume party (it was a winner!) and applied for grant funding to continue the in-school program.
I have now received two grants to continue the programming and expand on it. I am presently planning projects with the Orchkids program and Bard Early College. Among others, I have presented to students at PPPCS, Tench Tilghman, Calvert School, The Baltimore Lab School, Hampstead Hill, Waverly Elementary, Benjamin Franklin High School...with more to come as utilization of the second grant is just starting.
Presentations often include interactive exercises on population/pollution and conversations with the students about how our surroundings affect the way we think and feel - touching on stewardship, civic duty, city water systems, water quality and litter.