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Sierra Vista goes green

Yearbook staff educates campus with week-long activities

Posted: February 23, 2009 6:39 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Sierra Vista Junior High School students participate in recycling on campus as part of the Go Green Week organized by the school's yearbook staff.

 
The yearbook staff of Sierra Vista Junior High is spreading the Go Green message and educating the campus about the 3 R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The staff put together a week of activities, Feb. 2 to 6, for the student body.

We launched our week with a brunch activity in which four students were randomly chosen to sort through trash for recyclable items.

They then needed to race to organize their trash bags while the rest of the campus cheered them on.

We concluded the activity with four more students chosen to answer a recycling quiz further sparking the interest in our Go Green Week.

On Tuesday, the yearbook staff sold shout outs (personal messages to friends) in exchange for five empty plastic bottles. We collected hundreds of bottles that would have taken hundreds of years to decompose in the landfills and took them to our local recycling plant.

The third day found the campus turning green as students dressed in green clothing in making a visual statement for our planet.

The academic team that had the best green student turn out was rewarded with an ice cream party.

"A clean campus is a cool campus," was our motto for the Thursday activity. Students caught throwing away their trash were given a green ticket. We held a drawing in which the lucky student won 25 green dollars (cash). We drew five more runner-up winners who earn five green dollars (cash).

Our final activity involved our teachers. For the entire week volunteer teachers collected soda cans. During our brunch activity, the teachers stacked as many cans in a single pile as they could. Many of our teachers were clever in their strategies, including filling the cans with water to weight them or stacking them against a wall to steady their pile.

The winning teacher put stacked cans into two plastic bottles then stacked them.

Throughout the week we included recycling information and strategies in the morning announcements.

We also hosted one more team competition in which teachers decorated a recycling bin with recyclable materials. They were encouraged to be creative and include a Go Green theme.

The 2009 yearbook staff helped to educate the students and staff about harmful materials and the length of decomposition of materials while offering ways to help keep our planet green.

Miranda Simonet is the Yearbook Editor -in-Chief at Sierra Vista Junior High.

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