Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do you want old toys and what do you do with them?

We are talking in the classroom about plastic, sustainability, and where a toy goes when you throw it "away." Toys in good condition will be part of a toy sharing/toy swap event. We're using smaller toys for our eco-art (and we need LOTS of tiny plastic pieces for this). 

2. What kind of toys can we bring in?

All toys! Stuffed animals, LEGO pieces, handheld electronic games and players, remote control vehicles, toys from fast-food meals, electronic stuffed animals, baby toys, puzzle pieces, game pieces, board games, and all broken toys will go to TerraCycle, which can reuse parts of the toys, transforming them into things like patio furniture.

3. Can we bring in broken toys?

Yes! We will use many broken toys in our eco-art. All toys, even the broken ones, will be upcycled or recycled.

4. Where do we drop off our toys? What's the last day to drop off toys?

Any time before October 31, you can leave toys on the brightly colored carts at Rosa Parks school and Jefferson School. (Please bring small pieces in bags or boxes. These will be recycled too!) At Rosa Parks, the cart is located in front of the kindergarten classroom (room 18). At Jefferson school, the cart is located in the hallway near Mr. Keller's fourth-grade classroom on the second floor.

5. Can anybody bring in toys or do they have to be students at these schools?

Anyone can bring in toys to donate. Please spread the word.

6. When can I see the eco-art projects?

Art will be displayed from mid-November until mid-December. Opening date will be announced soon.

7. What happens to all these toys when the swap and art project are finished?

All toys will be upcycled or recycled. We will transport all toys to either Goodwill (to help other people in our community), or to TerraCycle, which can transform plastic toys into something new and great like a watering can.

8. Who funds A Kid By Nature?

A Kid By Nature is funded by Mahoney Architects & Interiors. We are grateful to the teachers who are helping with this project, especially Kim Beeson, Jen Burke, and Sean Keller.

We welcome your advice and input. Please contact us with questions or suggestions.

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