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Recyclable Materials Needed for Elementary STEAM Program
Keystone Oaks' elementary STEAM program is reaching out once again to ask for recyclable items for various classroom projects. 

Do you have a playroom, garage or bedroom full of toys your kids have outgrown? Do you have supplies left over from craft projects? Did you recently move and are now looking to get rid of packing supplies? Are you tired of looking at piles of t-shirts from sports and activities that you or your children no longer participate in?

If you answered “yes” to any of these – or are looking for somewhere else to recycle newspapers, food and beverage containers and plastic bottles – you can donate the items to one of Keystone Oaks’ three elementary schools. The supplies will be used in the new STEAM classes, where students will find themselves building with various materials, repurposing objects and recycled materials and participating in a number of national and international STEAM initiatives.

Accepted items are listed in order of priority: 
  • Legos and K’NEX
  • Cardboard boxes and tubes
  • Plastic bottles (rinsed thorougly, please)
  • bottle lids
  • plastic containers 
  • DC motors
  • Button cell batteries 
  • 9V batteries
  • Clothespins
  • Fabric
  • String 
  • Play-Doh
  • Ribbon 
  • Pipe cleaners 
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Cereal boxes
  • Wood blocks/scraps
  • Small fans 
  • Packing supplies (Styrofoam, packing peanuts, bubble wrap)
  • Egg cartons
  • Foam
  • Yarn
  • Toilet paper/towel tubes
  • Old, washed t-shirts
  • Stuffed animals
  • Wall paper samples
  • Baskets
  • Beads
  • CDs
  • Chopsticks
  • Cups
  • Origami paper
  • Oatmeal canisters
  • Game parts
  • Pinwheels
  • Pulleys
  • Rubber bands
  • Springs
  • Strainers
  • Wrapping paper
  • Juice/milk containers (CLEANED)
  • Thread needles with dull point (plastic or metal) 
  • Sewing fabric
  • Zip ties
  • Q-tips
  • Double sided tape 
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Corks 
  • Glue sticks 
  • Tape (any kind)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Lanyards
  • Buttons 
Unacceptable Items:
  • Coils
  • Cords
  • Glitter
  • Liquids
  • Medicine containers
  • Prescription bottles
  • Soda pop cans/pet food cans
  • Hazardous materials (sharp edges, etc..)


Donated items can be dropped off in the main office at each elementary school during normal business hours:
  • Aiken Elementary – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Dormont Elementary – 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
  • Myrtle Avenue Elementary – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Keystone Oaks School District  |  1000 Kelton Avenue  |  Pittsburgh, PA 15216-1984  |  Phone: 412-571-6000  |  District Fax: 412-571-6006 Aiken Fax: 412-571-6164  |  Dormont Fax: 412-571-6151  |  Myrtle Fax: 412-571-6051  |  Middle School Fax: 412-571-6092  |  High School Fax: 412-571-6043
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