Reuse and recycle

This laptop table and bookcase was made from a recycled wooden reel.
This laptop table and bookcase was made from a recycled wooden reel.

A stunning success at this year’s Barbados Manufacturers’ Association BMEX 2013 saw the Vauxhall Primary School today launching a special open day for parents and the community.

Teacher Deborah Stoute-Burke said the theme of the display they took to BMEX was Beat the Recession: Reuse and Recycle, in which they took everyday discarded items and turned them into furniture and decorations for a complete room in the home.

“The smaller pieces we were already doing in school — the glass art and the decorative bottles, but the theme, Beat the Recession came about primarily for BMEX. There is so much talk now about the recession and how we are going to cope, so we decided let that give us some ideas.

“We decided to use things around the house, hence the pallets that we used to build the bed and the discarded pails. We tried to spend as little money as possible and we used the ice cream buckets which we have a lot of and the salt meat buckets, things that you throw away in the backyard we decided to make use of,” she said.

What was different this year was the total involvement of the school. All the classes prepared some aspect of the design, with the juniors making the decorative bottles and glass work, and the seniors doing the larger items like the bed, book cases, lamps out of ice cream buckets, even the game table made of large wooden reels.

Teacher Peter Best likewise praised the students’ commitment to the project, noting that they had spent long hours and weeks making and enjoying producing the pieces.

Students Natehaniel Best and Deputy Headboy, Joshua Blackman, said they enjoyed the project immensely, especially learning to use new tools they had never heard of or seen before.

Today parents were amazed that the items were created by their children and praised the school for its success in winning first place among schools. (LB)

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