Outstanding Recycling Educator Award

Outstanding Recycling Educator Award

Mr. Ormond receiving his award

Outstanding Recycling Educator Award

Goes to...Mr. Pat Ormond!

A big congratulations to Mr. Pat Ormond (Amity, 6th Grade)! He received the Outstanding Recycling Educator award from Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste. Mr. Ormond has led the recycling efforts at Amity Elementary for more than 10 years.

Although Mr. Ormond’s waste reduction efforts has saved landfill space and money, going from an 8-yard dumpster serviced three times a week to a 6-yard serviced twice a week, more importantly, he is inspiring the next generation to be good stewards of their environment. He regularly utilizes the District’s education resources, such as classroom programs, field trips and assemblies, engages more than 50 “green team” students to manage the recycling program, giving them hands on experience and ownership.

In October of 2015, Mr. Ormond was instrumental in starting a food rescue program by encouraging students to place unwanted packaged food, drinks and whole fruit on a sharing table for a hungry classmate to take. At the end of each lunch period, whatever is left on the sharing table goes into the refrigerator to be taken to a local food pantry.  In one year, approximately 2,500 items were donated to the pantry – but that does not account for all the hungry students who took items first.  This successful food rescue program has attracted the attention of the Ohio EPA as well as other Ohio Solid Waste Districts.

Pictured: Some of the Amity Green Team members.

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