YOUR STORY: Marvin the Worm helping promote recycling

MARVIN the Worm is a new education program offered to the schools of Australia but currently we are focusing our efforts on Queensland.

Qmulching is the Fraser Coasts Greenwaste Management Contractors and together with the Fraser Coast Regional Council offered free tours to the Nikenbah Transfer Station, Maryborough Landfill Site and the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to schools on the Fraser Coast to teach children the importance of Waste, Recycling and Composting.

These tours are very successful with the children thoroughly enjoying the excursions; however it can be quite expensive for the schools both financially and in time.

The message just was not reaching enough children, so why not take it to the schools themselves.

This is where MarvinTM was brought to life, Marvin the WormTM is a program developed by Rheanon Kerslake with the help of a school teacher from Fraser Coast Anglican College.

The program has been made to the Australian Curriculum standards and fits in with the Geography unit for Years 1, 2 and 3.

The Program gives the children an opportunity to learn about waste, recycling and composting in an exciting and fun new way. Each class to sign up is given a workbook for each student, a garden bed and stickers.

The small cost of this program can be offset by the schools themselves or by local businesses sponsoring either a class or even the 3 year levels.

Bundaberg Regional Council has been very generous and is contributing educational items for the children to be incorporated into these packs.

We already have sponsors on board who are ready to go for other schools who are interested in participating. Of course we are always looking for new sponsors and schools who want to take on this new education program.

Not only is this an education program for the children but it builds on community participation in our schools, affords local government valuable marketing of their recycling program which inevitably makes for cost saving to the local communities in the way of prolonging our landfill sites.

The Bundaberg Regional Council's Spokesman for Waste and Recycling, Cr Vince Habermann said council was very excited to be handing over the first education program here in Bundaberg to Bundaberg Central State School, and we wish to thank Hitz 939 FM Bundaberg for sponsoring.

"With so much positive feedback from the schools in the Fraser Coast we look forward to hearing from the teachers to see how the kids are going with the program," Cr Habermann said.

MarvinTM is available in a school near you.

For more information please contact Rheanon on (07) 4124 8950 or by email office@qmulching.com.au.

Councillor Vince Habermann's speech:

As your local Councillor and the Waste and Recycling Portfolio spokesperson, it is a pleasure to be here today for the launch of the Marvin the Worm Waste and Recycling Education Program at Bundaberg Central State School.

A huge congratulations to Central School for being the first local school to adopt the program, which has been developed by QMulching's Rheanon Kerslake and been made to Australian Curriculum standards and fits in with the Geography unit for years 1, 2 and 3.

Thank you to Rheanon, your Teacher Mrs Melinda Janke, who is overseeing the program, Principal Mrs Marie Hillyard, your program sponsors Hitz 93.9 FM Bundaberg and all students who will be involved, and I also acknowledge our Manager Waste and Health Services Mr Gavin Crawford.

The program gives children an opportunity to learn about waste, recycling and composting in an exciting and fun way and each class which signs up is given a workbook for each student, a garden bed and stickers.

Bundaberg Regional Council is proud to be contributing educational items for all participants and are incorporated as part of the packs.

I look forward to coming back to your school throughout the year and monitoring the results of the program, and I look forward to it being taken up by many other schools in our region.

IN the mean-time, happy mulching.



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