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Creative Reuse Center

Creative Reuse Center

Dear Families,

In an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint and provide our children with enhanced creative opportunities, Childswork Learning Center is promoting our Creative Reuse Center, located in our art studio.

Our re-designed studio is located on the lower level east side of the school. The studio is utilized by teachers and small groups of children daily.

The Creative Reuse Center houses items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Our goal is to reclaim items and offer an eclectic array of reused materials for children to create projects.

The concept of the Creative Reuse Center originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Known as Remida, educators and families in Reggio Emilia connect with manufacturers and businesses to collect recycled materials. Each year, the schools unite and provide an assortment of beautiful materials in the town square. Families gather to create projects, then the materials are saved and utilized again for future projects.

The Creative Reuse Center at Childswork is inspired by the Reggio curriculum. Our children are encouraged to create original pieces without using glue, tape, or staples. A photograph is taken of the child’s work, then the materials are stored for future use.

Families may help by donating the following items:

  • Clean egg and berry cartons
  • Bottle caps
  • Caps from squeeze applesauce and yogurt
  • Acorns
  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Corks
  • Curtain Rings
  • Stones
  • Feathers
  • Golf Tees
  • Key rings
  • Keys
  • Small pieces of netting
  • Nuts and bolts
  • CDs and cases
  • Pegs
  • Toilet paper and paper towel tubes
  • We are looking for items that would otherwise be sent to a landfill as opposed to purchased items.

Susan Johnson is the Childswork Studio Coordinator. If you have questions, feel free to contact her at susan@childswork.org.

Posted on October 15, 2019.
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About Childswork

Childswork Learning Center is a non-profit early childhood education school located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Since 1984, our school has served a diverse population of children and families, focusing on the development of the whole child with respect and compassion.

Childswork is a safe place for children to explore, take chances, make messes and learn through play. At Childswork we nurture wonder, we embrace joy, and we foster discovery.

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No person shall be denied the services or facilities of this organization or be excluded from participation or services because of race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, handicap, or national origin; discrimination of any kind is expressly prohibited.