KIC JUNIOR COMMISSIONER MEETING MINUTES Wednesday, January 4, 2012 7:00 PM – Islip Town Hall Board Room Welcome Tiffany, a former Junior Commissioner who has now been inducted as a Commissioner! Sneaker Recycling Project We were informed that Keep Islip Clean was awarded a $1,500 grant from National Grid in continued support for the Sneaker Recycling Project. Last meeting we brainstormed different titles and quotes to be incorporated into a newspaper article about the project. The title, selected from Bay Shore, is “KIC wants your kicks.” Bayport has a box in their high school and is trying to expand. Bay Shore is in their high school and Brooke Avenue Elementary School and is working on expanding. Connetquot has a box in their high school and is waiting on responses from other schools in their district. They also have permission to put a box in an athletic facility. East Islip has a box in their high school and is trying to expand. Islip has eighteen sneakers so far from their high school and is just starting the project in their middle school. It has been slow so far but they are speaking to the Superintendant to try to expand. Sayville has a box in their high school and is trying to expand to the library. West Islip has boxes in two high schools, two elementary schools, and a middle school. They are going to followup with the other schools in their district. St. Anthony’s will be starting the project soon. They were unable to do so earlier because they held many other drives in December. Book Recycling This will be the next project between Sneaker Recycling and the Great American Cleanup. We already have several hundred books from a school library that was going to throw them out. Try to start brainstorming different outlets for these books. Look for public places in your town, such as laundromats, where these books will be put to good use. Waste in Place Curriculum Education is a very important aspect of Keep Islip Clean. This curriculum consists of lessons and activities for grade schools to teach children about the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment. Tiffany recently did a presentation at Manetuck Elementary School in West Islip. She spoke to children from kindergarten to third grade about not littering. It was a great success!
If you are interested in doing a presentation in your district, please contact Nancy for topics and advice.
Facebook Ali from Bay Shore was named our new “Facebook Girl.” Her responsibilities include putting up the meeting minutes and any emails from Nancy as well as creating events for the meetings and other KIC events. Report from JCs Brentwood has begun a new cans and bottles recycling program which they report is going smoothly due to the help of Mr. Ortlieb. Bayport is holding a Jeans for Teens drive at their school. They will be collecting jeans at the next meeting if you have any pairs you would like to donate to this worthy cause. Bay Shore reported that it has paper and bottle recycling school wide. St. Anthony’s has been recycling for two years and is trying to expand. The National Conference for Keep America Beautiful was recently held in New Orleans where there was a disagreement about the relative importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle. We decided that reduce is the most important because it has the most impact and requires the least energy, but that each has its own merits.
WORDS! of the Meeting Onerous tedious, burdensome Zeitgeist German word meaning spirit of the times, the ideas prevalent during a time period (Green is the zeitgeist of the twentyfirst century). Esoteric abstruse, difficult to understand Schadenfreude a secret satisfaction felt at someone else’s misfortune Our next meeting is Wednesday February 1, at 7pm at Town Hall. Minutes submitted by Junior Commissioner Secretary Teresa Oszkinis