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:

One Bottle One Dream Hillsborough County Launch

The One Bottle One Dream district kickoff party was held at McKitrick Elementary on November 7th 2011.  The amazing PTA board members purchased a class set of books, “When Will We Be Recycled, Momma?” for all 3rd and 4th grade teachers!  You can watch the video highlights here

 Joining One Bottle One Dream was Worm’s Way, a local organic gardening supply store, who donated composting kits and will provide a matching program for schools to complete their gardening and science projects.

Stephanie Armenia’s goal, through sponsorship, is to gift teachers a class set of books with a Curriculum Activity Guide that corresponds  to the Sunshine State Standards. Teachers then temporarily gift one book per student to use throughout the year, creating ownership and driving home the important message that their choices matter. Students are then allowed to take the book home and share the story with family members to promote a green household. Books need to be returned to school and will be regifted to students next year to keep this important conversation alive between teachers, students, and parents.

If you are interested in helping this project grow, please log onto and gift books to your local school or camp.

South Carolina Takes the One Bottle One Dream Recycling Vow!

Jack and Juju give a big shout-out to, “Keep Dorchester County Beautiful” in South Carolina for purchasing “When Will We Be Recycled, Momma?”  to gift to students visiting their facility and during educational school visits.  They have also shared a unique way to recycle their plastic bottle caps into works of art.  As November brings National Recycling Week into focus we hope other states will join Florida, New York, and South Carolina to help kids take the vow to keep plastic out of our landfills.  If you would  like to take the recycling vow log onto  Keep Dorchester County Beautiful