Andrews Pre-K-8 has expanded its recycling program as it works to raise $1,000 for butterfly gardens in two of its courtyards.
The school recently joined the TerraCycle program, which converts empty juice pouches from brands including Capri Sun and Kool-Aid into new products such as bags. It is also collecting cans.
Every pouch students turn in earns the school two cents, said Jessica Scott, a preschool teacher who is coordinating the effort. Andrews also started a “beautification fund” for cash donations toward the project.
The butterfly gardens will help students learn about topics including insects, life cycles, plants and seasons, Scott said.
The school needs money for plants that attract butterflies, butterfly houses and benches for the gardens. Scott applied for a $500 grant to get started but hasn’t raised any money so far, she said.
Students will begin by planting seeds in indoor containers in late February, Scott said, so they will be ready to be transplanted outside mid-April.
Plants will include marigolds, parsley, dill, milkweed and bright, colorful flora such as purple coneflowers that attract butterflies, Scott said.
According to the Butterfly Society of Virginia, butterflies need nectar plants such coneflowers, petunias, Joe-Pye weed, butterfly bush, violets, goldenrod, zinnias and asters.