The PTA hosted its 2nd annual Earth Day of Service on Sunday, April 22. The beautiful weather brought out 65 volunteers—including school parents, students, siblings and teachers—who cleared the school grounds, and especially the stream and surrounding woods, of more than 750 lbs. of trash. Some highlights:
- 20 full bags of trash and recyclables
- Approx. 250 lbs. of scrap metal (including an old downed power line, gutters, several rusty sign posts, and a big barrel)
- A few volunteers spent much of their time picking up tiny bits of broken glass in the picnic area below the back playground
- Plastic drink bottles, cans, straws and food packaging were the biggest offenders!
- And tons of old sports balls: tennis, baseball, lacrosse, playground balls
- There was a surprising amount of scrap metal that had been ditched in the woods and stream bed
Attendees learned about the impact of trash on local waterways and the efforts of the Green Committee and the Green Towson Alliance to tackle this and other environmental issues.
The group also got tips on actions we can take in our daily lives to make an impact. After collecting trash, volunteers placed their haul next to signs indicating which of these goals their family would commit to. Here’s what they said they’d do:
- Plant a tree -10%
- No more plastic straws – 50%
- Use reusable shopping bags – 5%
- Recycle more – 25%
- Make a rain barrel – 10%
After the cleanup, the hardworking volunteers were treated to coffee (generously donated by Starbucks), doughnuts and bananas. The PTA would like to thank everyone who gave their time and effort on a Sunday to help make our school and community a cleaner, safer place. Looking forward to next year!
A big thank you to Jennifer Koster for spearheading this effort for the second year in a row!
For more pictures of the event, check out the Earth Day Photo Album