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Middle School Students Plant Tree in Honor of Earth Day

School's Interact Club sponsors a week of 'green' activities, including planting a tree.

For the , students observed Earth Day with a week’s worth of activities, culminating in the planting of a tree in the school’s quad.

Earth Day fell on April 22 this year and from the April 23-27 the SVMS Interact Club hosted Earth Week for the students. Club members did a variety of things to bring attention to the environment and encourage students to get involved in making the world around them a better place.

Along with putting up posters and making announcements reminding students to reduce, reuse and recycle, Interact members encouraged students to carpool, bike or walk whenever possible. Students were also asked to “be green” by wearing green on the 27th, the day of the tree planting. All students who wore green were given a raffle ticket and 10 prizes, donated by the families of Interact student and Liberty Bank, were given out.

The SVMS Interact Club is hosted by the Scotts Valley Rotary Club and runs itself much like a mini-Rotary Club. The students take on project each year to make the world around them a better place, including one project that benefits the local community and one project that has an international impact each school year.

“It is inspiring to watch these students in action,” said Jill Hitchman, the Rotary advisor to the club. “These are our self-motivated, dynamic leaders, and watching them in action can't help but give people hope for a better future.”

Jim Corcoran May 01, 2012 at 02:44 PM
"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?" "The livestock sector emerges as one of the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency." UN Food and Agricultural Organization's report "Livestock's Long Shadow" “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund Why would someone choose to be vegan? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org
Shannon Burkey (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 05:07 PM
What a great thing for these students to do to celebrate Earth Day. How did you mark the occasion this year?

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