Baltimore-Rotterdam Operation Trash / Operatie Afval 2017-2018 Offerings

Arts educational programs about trash, recycling, and environmental stewardship

Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee supports educational activities for kids in Baltimore & Rotterdam to make them aware of trash pollution and how they can help solve it. The activities are designed & coordinated by Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam-based Avalanche Arts (Stichting Lawine).

diStefano in classroomsLeft: Avalanche Arts’ Kathie diStefano teaching an “Operation Trash” workshop in a Rotterdam school. Right: Kathie diStefano conducting an environmentally-themed workshop at a school in Baltimore.


Workshops about trash, recycling, and environmental stewardship for kids

Ms. diStefano conducts ‘Playing in a Cleaner Neighborhood’ (elementary school level) and ‘Operation Trash’ (middle and high school) workshops, combining creative arts projects with good trash behavior lessons and recycling strategies. ‘Learning through laughter’ is a driving approach in her programs.

“Operation Trash” Baltimore-Rotterdam online exchange program

Trash serves as the theme for a cross-cultural virtual exchange between Baltimore and Rotterdam schools. Students research trash topics and recycling strategies and make presentations to share with their counterparts overseas. They are inspired to reduce litter and increase recycling in their communities.

Green-themed professional development workshops for teachers

Ms. diStefano’s professional development workshops inspire teachers to combine green themes with required curriculum studies. They give participants the opportunity to experience hands-on how fun interactive exercises can enhance group dynamics and energize students as well as help them focus.

Green-themed corporate workshops

A variety of tailored workshops for companies, including interactive presentations, team building games, and community cleanups. A portion of the proceeds can be allocated to help fund Operation Trash educational programs for children in Baltimore and Rotterdam.

Kathie diStefano workshop at Filbert Street Community GardenOperation Trash workshop at Filbert Street Community Garden in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay
Photo by Jaclin Paul