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At storytime, teaching kids to recycle

At storytime, teaching kids to recycle

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011, 8:13 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

At storytime, teaching kids to recycle:

TAMPA – Stephanie Armenia is reading the children’s book she wrote about the important of recycling, and she hopes the story the kids are hearing will change their outlook.

“Our generation now is much smarter, and we use to do environmental education in about the 4th or 5th grade. But now we are actually doing it in kindergarten, but we see that they value what they do. They are very aware,” Armenia said.

Stephanie’s inspiration for her story book, titled “When Will We Be Recycled Momma,” is her 8-year-old daugher Juliana, who brought home a dirty water bottle that she rescues from the trash.

“That was the first time I made a connection between my actions, holding this little water bottle, that it has so much value and what happens when I throw it in the trash or I throw it in the recycle bin,” Stephanie said.

Juliana’s determination sparked her mom to write the children’s book about the importance of recycling.

“You can teach other kids how to recycle and they can do the same thing I did when I was little,” said Stephanie’s daughter Juliana.

At 10 years old, Madeline Morris has already learned the lesson.

“Like maybe soon, the whole planet will be, like, covered in trash, ’cause there’s nowhere else to dump the stuff. So I will recycle, so that it can be made into new things,” Madeline said.

And Seely Bevan is looking beyond even how it can help the Tampa Bay area.

“I think it’s very important. It affects the world and it affects even people around you,” Seely said.

It’s an effect that the Armenia family is trying to change one child, and one bottle at a time.

Not only has the Armenia family written a book, but they have also launched a recycling project called. “One bottle one dream.”

Here is a link for more information:

New book, “One Bottle One Dream”, raises awareness about recycling in Florida Public Schools

One Bottle One Dream

Local author Stephanie Armenia wants to raise awareness about recycling in Florida Public Schools. She has designed an exciting new outreach to encourage the habit of recycling early in life by focusing on second graders and plastic water bottles. Sponsors are needed to help underwrite the cost of printing these educational books.

According to Stephanie: “The centerpiece for the project is the book When Will We Be Recycled, Momma? which will be donated to all second graders in Hillsborough County Public schools this year. We are seeking funding from families and companies to help underwrite the printing costs of the books.” Armenia is working with Tampa Bay Beautification to develop a comprehensive educational program that includes a teacher’s guide and extension activities that correlate to all Sunshine State and national standards.

The One Bottle One Dream recycling project will launch on April 21, 2011, at McKitrick Elementary in Lutz, Florida. It will continue through National Recycling Week, November 8-13, 2011.   A kick-off ceremony will be held at 8:30 AM on April 21st at McKitrick Elementary School in Lutz.

For more information on the program or to see how you can donate, please contact Stephanie Armenia at 813-624-4355 or or Tampa Bay Beautification at 813-221-8733 or Visit the new One Bottle One Dream Facebook page for more information.

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