Nassakeag Elementary School
students celebrated Earth Day by participating in a variety of earth-friendly
The sixth-grade students in Robyn Weinstein’s class once again coordinated a Waste-Free Lunch Week, which aimed to reduce the amount of waste created during the school’s lunch times.
Leading up to the week, the sixth-graders made announcements and visited classrooms to inform their peers about the initiative and the ways in which they could participate. The students were encouraged to use recyclable lunch containers, use washable trays during lunch and monitor how many disposable utensils they select.
“Every bit we can do to help the earth helps and when we ban together as a school, we can make a bigger impact,” said sixth-grader Halle Marte. “I hope all students see how much garbage we are able to reduce by doing something as simple as using recyclable materials,” added Mackenzie Gregory.
On average, the school produces 10 garbage cans full of trash per day that weigh approximately 70 pounds each. As a result of the students’ collective efforts, during the weeklong project, the school disposed of hundreds less pounds of trash.
The Student Council, advised by Adele Gibbons, also helped to clean up the earth as they coordinated the school’s annual Grounds Cleanup Day. Equipped with protective gloves and trash bags, the students walked the perimeter of school and removed any waste items left behind.
Photos provided by the Three Village Central School District