Adult Day Service (ADS) clients in Gardena have been recognized by the Trash for Teaching program as "Volunteers of the Year."
For the past two years, two groups of clients and Life Skill Coaches volunteer at the Trash for Teaching facility once a week, sorting materials that would have been otherwise discarded and preparing them for a new life as teaching tools.
Trash for Teaching rescues manufacturing overruns, discards and castoffs, originally headed for landfills, and re-imagines them. Every Wednesday, ADS clients painstakingly go through large amounts of material, organizing by material, color, size and style. "Anything and everything is sorted, from beads and glitter to wrap twine and more -- all our clients love the days we volunteer at Trash for Teaching!" said ADS Coordinator Patty Kingery.
Once sorted, the materials are repurposed to be used in development workshops for teachers, science and engineering outreach programs in the community, hands-on learning opportunities in a space where school kids can make various projects and custom-built S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) labs in schools.
Congratulations to the Gardena ADS team for this recognition!