The Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption of Mary has been hosting for nine years now an Art Programme for children, in which garbage and recyclable materials are being used to create art sculptures.
Susan Englisis, the director of the programme asks every year from her students, aged between 8 and 15, to go home and gather all those things they would normally throw away in the garbage.
“It’s fabulous to see them take nothing and make it into something” told Mrs. Englisis Holmdel Indempendent.
The students get impressively creative with their raw materials and in a three month period they are already presenting their artifacts: a ceiling hanging made of folded magazines, a robot made of plastic cans and yogurt cups.
In this way, the children are not only learning about recycling but become expressive in their own artistic ways.
“I’m trying to expose them to everything. The time is right to teach them something at length about recycling and what you can do with your imagination” said Mrs. Englisis in her interview to Holmdel Independent.
Each year’s programme has a specific theme, and many times this has been connected to the Greek heritage, such as Homer’s “Odyssey”, the Greek mythology, etc.
At the end of the year, the children’s creations are being exhibited in the Church.