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CVMS fifth graders make music with recycled materials

April 26, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

When Canfield Village Middle School fifth grade science teacher Valorie Weingart began a unit on sound energy, students were able to earn extra credit by taking on a fun project. The students could take recycled materials and make a musical instrument that was capable of producing at least three different pitches.

"Three pitches was the goal for the instrument," Weingart said. "But we put recycling into it as well and made it for extra credit."

Not every students in the class made one, but those who did really thought outside, and inside, the box. There were several guitars made by taking plastic beverage containers, cutting out a front and stretching rubber bands over it.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Peggy Flynn from the Green Team showed up at Canfield Village Middle School on April 17 to check out the musical instruments the fifth graders made in Valorie Weingart's science class from recycled materials. Pictured are students Karsten Miller, Jake DeLisio, and Gage Watson with Flynn in the back.

One perfect example of the guitar was Kaylie Harmon's creation. It included a neck made from a paper roll tube and bottle caps attached to represent the tuning nobs.

Visiting the class on April 17 was Peggy Flynn from the Green Team, who caught wind of the project. She was impressed with what the students came up with.

"The Green Team like to reuse, so you guys did a good job," she told the class.

Some of the students additionally began a recycling program after completing the task.

Flynn explained the Green Team continues to push recycling in the area and on May 12, the organization will hold a recycling drive where Mahoning County residents can bring one television or computer monitor and recycle it for fre. She said normally there is a fee of $1 per inch for televisions, but at the May 12 event they will accept one per person for free in order to ease the number of televisions going into the landfills.

Flynn also said there will be a household hazardous waste collection at the Canfield Fairgrounds on May 19.



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