Turning trash into a work of art was the most recent project for College Street Elementary School’s and Westwood Elementary School’s Healthy School Team (HST).

Led by Shelbie White the district’s Nutrition Field Specialist, and the Coordinator of School Health, Leslie Brasfield, the two consist turned empty water bottles into a hanging plastic chandelier.

“I always wanted to do this project,” White said. “It’s a perfect time to do it for Earth Day.”

The project keeps the plastic out of landfills and gives the students an opportunity to learn about and mimic artist Dale Chihuly, who is famous for making glass chandelier-like sculptures.

She explained the Healthy School Team is all about teaching nutrition and healthy habits, but students can’t help themselves if they also don’t help the Earth.

White collected and cleaned the water bottles and the 13 students decorated them with permanent markers before White cut the bottles into a spiral and connected them all at the top. The end result used most of the water bottle (with the exception of the bottom and caps) and created a work of art.

White saved the caps and plans on using them for in the future project.

“I was surprised the kids took so much pride in their water bottles,” White said, adding kids added their own interested into the design, including Harry Potter themes and rainbows.

White displayed the bottles in each school and currently has them hanging in her office.

“Wherever I go, it’s going with me,” she said.


About the Healthy School Team

Beginning in 2016, HST is composed of fourth and fifth grade students at CSES and WES.

The goal of the HST I to encourage students to make healthier choices for themselves as well as their classmates, explained White in a written statement.

In HST, students make morning announcements to give them a voice, work closely with the Nutrition Department, encourage class participation and learn about how to become the healthiest version of themselves.

“The HST gives a voice to our student, giving them an opportunity to better themselves and others around them in the hope of establishing a healthier future,” said White in the written statement.

News Editor

Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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