Practices & Innovations

Spiraling Toward A Better Trash-Can

Contributor: Smithers (Town)
Year: 2015
Category: Excellence in Action
Award Details: UBCM Excellence Award Nominee - Best Practices (Excellence in Action)
Short Description:
The students from Smithers Senior Secondary of Rosanna Jackson’s grade 11 English class were on a mission. Armed only with clipboards and inquiring minds, they scoured the streets, sidewalks and back alleys of Smithers, B.C. searching for answers to one question: “What would make this place better?”  The high school project was based on the Spiral of Inquiry, an experiential learning process pioneered by Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser designed to take learners on a journey from curious inquiry to concrete action.  The student’s presented their findings to members of Town Council who then deliberated on the student’s ideas and took action on the proposed “Recycling on Main” concept.  The concept retrofits existing garbage containers in the Smithers downtown by changing out the lid of the garbage can with a two whole system to separate recycling from trash.  A simple, well thought-out and straight forward implementation of a community project.  
Last Reviewed: August 12, 2016, 12:35 pm