Elementary School Goes Green

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

These fifth graders at Cloverfield Elementary are doing something “green”, instead of playing on the green for their recess break.

Lamesha Tallui, a 5th grader, says "I’m using my recess for a good thing. A good thing where I can help the environment by getting other people's stuff and putting it in here."

Lamesha is among a number of students who have been recycling since the beginning of the school year. The idea to recycle picked up last year, from students who said they wanted to do something to help the environment. Media Specialist Carla Tew says teaching the kids from a young age can make a difference in the future.

She says, "Recycling is something that doesn't cost anything. If we can teach these kids here to do it at a young age, we can teach them how easy it is."

And the students are having no problem catching on and spreading the word. In fact, students like Casey Guilgar are teaching some of the adults a little something.

Casey says, "I'd tell them to do their part by recycling cans, plastic bottles, paper, and cardboard. All that recycling stuff."

A very small amount of trash is all that’s been collected in just a matter of days. One of the greatest things about it, is that it's spreading out to more than just the students on campus.

Tew says, "We've had several kids in the building that don't recycle in the home, but I’ve seen kids bring notebook paper and other supplies from their book bags, and add it to the stack here."

Proving that you're never too old, or too young, to learn something new. School officials say they have been receiving an overwhelming positive response from all of the students.


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