Monday, May 2, 2011

Trash or Treasure?

Trash or treasure
Pacific Beach Middle School's IB Ecology Club organized a number of activities between Global Service Day and Earth Day to inspire their fellow students to take care of the earth. From analyzing lunch-time trash to harvesting and eating food straight from the school's garden, everyone at the school took action. The end result? Students signed a huge 50-foot pledge to reduce, reuse, refuse, and recycle our natural resources.

During one activity, the entire campus placed their lunch-time trash on a huge tarp. “It was so gross that I felt sick to my stomach,” exclaimed Kathryn Johnson, an active member of the newly formed Ecology Club. The purpose was to expose the students to how much trash is generated in one lunch period at the school.

“We had a huge crowd as students ran to contribute their trash and left-over food. You could see it on their faces as their excitement quickly turned to disgust then to concern,” said Leslie Chadwick, Science teacher and co-advisor to the Eco-Club.

After gathering the trash, student volunteers from Science and Design Technology classes donned rubber gloves to start investigating and sorting the trash into piles: compost, recyclables and trash.

PB MS HarvestTo top off Earth Week, the school harvested our PB Middle Waves of Green Student Garden. Students picked enough lettuce, peas, broccoli and beets to make salads for everyone to sample our fresh, organic “bounty at the beach.” The Ecology club has also started composting to keep the garden growing and have started a recycling program.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sims at PB MS Harvest