School desks are being made out of the recycled caps and labels of plastic bottles; 15 double-seater desks made this way have been donated to an inner city Johannesburg primary school.Tania Krain (left), deputy principal of CityKidz Pre- and Primary School, shakes hands with Chandru Wadhwani, joint managing director of Extrupet (right). Also pictured are several learners. (Images supplied)Brand South Africa reporterA class of 30 children at the CityKidz Pre- and Primary School in Johannesburg will start the year with new school desks made out of recycled plastic.The 15 double-seater school desks were delivered on Friday, 1 December 2017 to the school. They were donated by Extrupet, a PET and HDPE bottle recycling company; Petco, the PET plastic recycling company of South Africa; and Ashith Sodha of self-storage facility Akrara.PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is best known as the clear plastic used for water and cold drink bottles. HDPE, high-density polyethylene, has several applications, including packaging for foods and cleaners. It is also used for pipe fittings, trays and hinges.The desks – which look and feel like wood – are made from the caps and labels of plastic bottles that are recycled at Extrupet. They are almost indestructible, but are also comfortable, low maintenance and portable.Earlier last year, the 15 double-seater desks were pledged by Extrupet, Petco and Akrara as part of the Joburg City Clean-up. The pledge was made in an effort to combat the shortage of school desks.Janine Basson, Petco stakeholder relations manager, said the desks met a real need at schools; at the same time, they demonstrated the importance of sustainable waste management and highlighted the great value in so-called “waste” materials in a circular economy.“Petco believes that schools are a critical platform for promoting the understanding of important waste management principles, such as recycling, among young people and at their homes. This is why we are so proud to be making this donation,” said Chandru Wadhwani, Extrupet joint managing director.Wadhwani and Basson called on corporates to respond positively and donate similar desks to schools.Wadhwani said: “Other corporates can make a real and practical contribution to our children’s education and our transition to a circular economy in South Africa by simply donating desks like these to schools. We challenge corporate South Africa to match or exceed these donations.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Categories: News The House Workforce and Talent Development committee today heard testimony on a measure that would allow more flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum by allowing for expanded options in meeting high school graduation requirements, including that of a computer coding class.State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto), sponsor of House Bill 5463, was joined by Michael Lomonaco of Open Systems Technology in Grand Rapids and Forest Hills Public Schools Superintendent Dan Behm, as well as a teacher and two students from the school district. They shared testimony with the committee that job providers are looking for students who have 21st century skills, and students face a credit crunch when it comes to required courses impeding their ability to also take electives where they learn important and valuable skills.“Michigan’s graduation requirements must meet the needs of our students, and every student is different,” said Rep. Lyons. “This bill has the potential to enhance and increase foreign language opportunities while adding flexibility for all students so that they are able to learn skills that not only enrich their lives, but prepare them for the 21st century workforce.”House Bill 5463 replaces the current K-12 requirement of at least two foreign language credits and one credit in visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts with a total of three credits in “21st Century Skills.” 21st Century Skills credits can be satisfied by any of the following: a language other than English; visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts; computer science or computer coding, or a combination of these; an approved formal career and technical education programThe committee plans to continue testimony on HB 5463 next week.### 28Apr Rep. Lyons’ bill prepares students through more graduation requirement flexibility
Categories: Vaupel News 10Jul Reading contest hosted by Rep. Vaupel underway State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville is holding his annual summer reading contest for students first through fifth grade. The contest concludes Sept. 1, where the winners will be invited to Lansing to be “Rep. for a Day.”“I am excited to host this reading program for the young people of our community,” Rep. Vaupel said. “Studies show reading over the summer helps students with learning retention, preparing them for the following school year. It also provides a great opportunity for our youth to learn about the legislative process and how their government works.”To enter, students must fill out a special contest bookmark with 10 books they have read over the summer. The bookmarks can be found at the Howell, Hartland, and Fowlerville libraries, and there is no limit to the number of entries. The winners will be randomly drawn and invited to Lansing with their families to serve with Rep. Vaupel as “Rep. for a Day.”Questions related to the contest or other state issues should be directed to Rep. Vaupel’s office by calling (517) 373-8835 or by email at [email protected] INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel poses with the 2017 Michigan Reads selection to promote childhood reading.