Making Room for Wine Bottles in the Classroom

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Wine bottles littering the classroom floor: not an image most parents and teachers would want to hear about, but at a little school in New Zealand not only are they encouraging it, they are also supplying the wine bottles.

But not to worry. The wine bottles are empty and will be put to good use as part of the Hukanui Primary School eco-classroom The Living Room project. It’s the first student-designed and managed classroom project of its kind in New Zealand.

The empty wine bottles are going to be used as an insulating layer under part of the classroom’s concrete floor. But before they are placed between layers of sand and covered with concrete, the wine bottles are going to be turned into time capsules. Past and present students have been decorating and filing many of the 1,500 bottles with messages not only about what life is like at Hukanui School circa 2009 but also with environmental tips for people in the future.

This is just one of the many steps that the students of Hukanui Primary School have been working on since 2004. Find out more about their  eco-classroom project by checking out their website and watching this video they put together to highlight their achievements so far.

Image: Kris