Greenville student sculptures show ways to think before throwing away

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:07 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Greenville High School’s 3D art class, taught by Sonja Peterson, teamed up with Montcalm County Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski to help create a display to raise awareness for recycling. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Because people usually generate more garbage during the holiday season than the rest of the year, Montcalm County officials want people to think before they throw items away.

More often than not a particular item can be recycled, donated, reused or repurposed, said Jacob Rytlewski, Montcalm County’s resource recovery coordinator.

Rytlewski looked to Greenville High School to come up with a creative idea to get the word out about the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.

He went to art teacher Sonja Peterson’s 3D art class to see if students would be interested in doing a project where they would use recycled items to make sculptures.

“I met with the class and gave them some ideas but let them use their superior artistic abilities to create a unique scene of capture, which would ultimately promote recycling,” Rytlewki said.

The students chose a winter theme that included reusable items to create people, penguins, snow and more.

The Greenville High School’s 3D art class’s winter-themed scene will be on display at the Flat River Community Library now until February. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Peterson said 28 students worked on the project for about a month. They came up with their own idea and gathered their own materials.

“It’s a really good way to get awareness out there,” she said.

Rytlewski said the project is a simple way to help make people consciously think before they throw away their garbage.

“I am very pleased with how the project turned out and proud to know there are such talented students in our area,” Rytlewski said.

People can look at the recycled winter scene at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville now through February.

“I encourage the community to come check out the sculptures, support the Flat River Library, the local arts and have a happy low-waste holiday,” Rytlewski said.

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