A couple of weeks ago, we were able to donate a car full of turf scraps (the leftovers from our installs) to Trash for Teaching, a nonprofit headquartered in Gardena with a second warehouse in Fresno. Trash for Teaching is an awesome organization that takes in extra supplies from companies that would otherwise go into landfills or recycling plants, and they make it available to repurpose, upcycle and use for teaching STEM and STEAM programs in the local schools.

We’d been looking for ways to get our turf into science and art programs at the local schools, so we were thrilled when they said they would take it. In fact, the day we dropped off the turf, the Trash for Teaching representative who helped us offload the material at the warehouse said that one local high school has a class project every year to design and build a miniature golf course. They’d been looking for turf scraps for years, and he knew our leftovers would find the perfect new home at the school.

Trash for Teaching is open to schools, scientists and artists who want to work with a diverse assortment of materials. They measure their success by tons of trash removed from the normal waste stream, which ties in perfectly to our gallons of water saved measurement of success.

In addition to in-school science lessons and warehouse shopping, they offer a Summer STEAM camp for kids entering 2nd through 6th grade, and open craft days (crafternoons) on Sundays.

To learn more about Trash for Teaching, or to find out how you can donate money or materials, visit www.t4t.org. You can also find them on Facebook at facebook.com/t4torg and on Instagram at @t4torg.

Here are a few photos of the drop-off day. We definitely plan to return to donate more, and hope to have a long relationship with the Trash for Teaching team!

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