This year’s Earth Day took place on April 22nd and many students took part within the PV School District. These students have worked hard to not only participate in helping the environment on this special day, but many have worked year-round to keep the school and community clean.
Take Action is a club that specifically focuses on making PV a more environmentally friendly district and works to clean areas nearby that may be filled with debris or trash. Some of their most notable work has been their watershed and stream cleanups that they have conducted throughout the school year.
“The school board was introduced to the idea of building an arboretum over at middle school East. We at Take Action want to influence the school board to make the most environmentally conscious decisions in doing so, we are pushing for things that would help the environment such as building bat boxes and bee homes.” Jack Letterio, a representative of Take Action, said.
These projects are aimed to help the environment and wildlife that surrounds the school. One such project, the arboretum, is a small garden that could be used for educational purposes as well. This group hopes that their efforts will create a fun and interactive environment for future classes to enjoy at the middle school.
Key Club also participated in Earth Day through a recycling program they are currently conducting. When enough plastic is collected, it will be turned into a bench that will be placed outside the high school.
“It’s easy to participate; just bag your plastic and give it to a Key Club member or drop it in one of our school’s bins! When we collect 500lbs of recycling we will receive a bench for our school.” the Key Club flyer reads.
Schwenksville Elementary held an Earth Day Celebration Event on April 24. PV High School students volunteered to take part in helping encourage people to make more environmentally friendly decisions. Sydney Boardman, a junior at PV, attended the event and said she spent about two hours helping make reusable items.
“My job at the celebration was at the “sit upon” table. We told the people who came to our station about a new fun way to be more green. They could take old reusable grocery bags, stuff them with plastic bags, tape it shut, and bring it to sit on, like at bleachers or benches, to be more comfortable! There were other stations there as well where the kids made bags out of old tee shirts or bird feeders with old plastic,” Boardman said.
These events helped the community and these clubs plan to continue to work to keep the district and surrounding areas clean.