'One Bottle One Dream' aims to teach Florida kids about environmental stewardship

An educational outreach program underway in Florida Public Schools to get teach kids about recycling and the environment.

It’s always exciting to see local people and businesses stepping up and making a difference in our local 'green' community.

Local author Stephanie Armenia started a project called One Bottle One Dream, wrote an accompanying children's book and created a teacher curriculum guide that corresponds to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards to make kids aware of the idea of conservation.

This exciting new outreach is designed to encourage the habit of recycling early in life through Armenia's book, "When Will We Be Recycled, Momma?", and introducing kids to Jack, a water bottle with dreams of being recycled into a spaceship and blasting off to the moon. It starts with one act of kindness locally and grows into environmental stewardship globally.

Recently, there was a kickoff party at McKitrick Elementary in Lutz, FL, where the PTA purchased a class set of books for all 3rd and 4th grade teachers. (Watch the video highlights here.) Joining Stephanie was Worm’s Way, a local organic gardening supply store, who donated composting kits to all teachers and will provide a matching program for schools who participate in the One Bottle One Dream Project.