Compliments to Nesbitt Daycare for winning the January-February edition of the Recycled Object Art Contest, where students had to create a free-standing 3D sculpture that represents their school. The contest encourages daycare staff and students to be resourceful, inventive and environmentally conscientious. It persuades children to take a closer look at how they use the materials around them.
Three daycares participated in the school-themed contest. There were four submissions. Daycares can submit more than one project per contest. All daycares had to submit a picture of their creation and a written explanation of the art work created.
Below are the descriptions of each school project.
WINNER: Nesbitt Daycare
By Maxime Deland, Christopher Cunningham, Sujahnth Vadivel and Keagan Proulx-Russell, Grade 6
Most of the daycare helped make this school. Daycare Educators Ms. Kisha, Ms. Fina, Ms. Tina, Ms. Maria, Ms. Soula and Miss Kim’s groups painted recycled milk cartons. Daycare Educator Ms. Adrienne’s group were in charge of sticking all the milk cartons together.
When we started building Nesbitt School, we went on Google Maps to get the shape. Then we made the base on some cardboard boxes to help it stay steady.
At first, we tried to glue the milk cartons together but that didn’t work so we had to tape them with masking tape. We wanted to make the school even bigger, but we didn’t have enough time or milk cartons. We worked really hard on this project. We hope you like it.
PARTICIPANT: St. Brendan Daycare
By Dante Russell, Grade 4
We created 12 snowmen to represent our school family. We crumpled up paper from the recycling bin. Our daycare doesn’t accumulate a lot of recycling, so a parent help us out and brought in her recycled paper from work. We then stuffed the paper into white plastic bags. We used rope to tie the bags.
We then decorated our snowmen. We used different things that we found in the daycare. We used markers, felt, foam paper, plastic branches, pipe cleaners, lace, yarn, eyes and scarves from the lost and found.
PARTICIPANT: Our Lady of Pompei
By daycare staff and students
The school project began as a very simple one but as the days and weeks went by it became more personal for the children. They brought materials from home and thought of different and original ways to make the project special. The children gradually built the school of their dreams.
Grade 6 students quickly took a leadership role in the development of the project and shared many great ideas with the other children and the educators. Damiano, a Grade 6 student, said, “The Recycled-Object Art Contest was a very good experience because the children all worked very hard to make it special and also because it was a lot of fun.”
Cassandra, a Grade 3 student, said, “Our dream school looks just like our school.” Another student, Julia, likes the fact that the children used their imagination. The Kindergarten children squealed with delight every time they got to work on the school.
Our dream school has a soccer field and a swimming pool on the roof! In our dream school we use an elevator to get to the roof.
PARTICIPANT: Our Lady of Pompei
By Grade 4 and 5 daycare students
We had made a recycled school with all different materials. We used mostly cardboard and plastic to make our school. We have different rooms. We made an art room with an easel and cabinets. We made our easel out of a regular Pringle’s container.
Next, we worked on our music room. We put a boombox and a drum. We also made an electronics room. We have a Smart Board. We made a sports room with a basketball net. Now, the last step of this recycled-object art journey was making our rooftop garden with many wonders for you to admire.