Children at PSU learn fun and practical ways to reuse

It's never too early for children to learn about the ways they can create a sustainable future, and Bring Your Kids to Campus Day was one opportunity to make that happen.

As part of a partnership with the Helen Gordon Center, the Creation Station at this event featured both natural and manmade repurposed materials, from pinecones and sand dollars to beads, VHS tape, and nuts and bolts. The station was curated and designed with surplus art materials sourced from the Supply Studio, and families were able to access resources simplifying home recycling and introducing Portland State's robust waste reduction programs in e-waste disposal, waste repurposing (Mug Runners), and waste recovery (Chuck-It-For-Charity), and the availability of recycling and compost stations throughout campus.

Kelsey Hill, the Campus Sustainability Office's Reuse Coordinator, engaged families during Bring Your Kids to Campus Day about reusing materials at a crafts-filled Creation Station. Kids were invited to create mosaics out of any of the available materials, and then take home a toy from PSU Reuse's dragon horde of repurposed materials. Happy hands clutched puzzles, board games, stuffed animals and fun knick-knacks, picked up, dusted off, and given a second life as a tool for creative learning. Friends at Services for Students with Children and participating groups from ASPSU, PSU Eats, the Disability Resource Center and many more look forward to meeting more families next year.

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