The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

February 17, 2010

Jefferson's Green Team finding many ways to save the environment

JEFFERSON — “As the Jefferson Area High School Green Team, we aspire to impact our school, district, community and world by educating others on their environmental impact and involving the students and the community in efforts to improve our global environment.” This is the vision statement of the newly created Jefferson Area High School Green Team; a student-run organization that focuses on bettering the environment through education of others.

The movement to start such a group was spearheaded by David Perfetto, now the president of the Green Team, late last school year. He asked Stacy Hinkle, a Spanish teacher at Jefferson, about starting a group which would focus on educating the school, district, community and world about our environmental impacts. Early this school year, the Green Team was created and now has at least 30 members.

When Jefferson High School moved into the new school, Perfetto saw this as a great time to bring about some change in the way we do things.

“I am environmentally friendly at my house because my grandparents got me going in this,” said Perfetto. “Jefferson has never had a group like this, but when we moved, I thought it would be a great time for us to become aware of our impacts on our surroundings.”

After the creation of the organization, long-term and short-term goals were adopted in order to steer the Green Team in a positive direction. Short-term goals consisted of creating a recycling program at the high school, educating the high school as well as elementary students on their global impact, volunteering to clean up various areas of our community, planting a tree and recycling ink cartridges. Some long-term goals include starting a district-wide recycling program, cleaning the Greenway Trail, working with the cafeteria to utilize environmentally friendly products, organizing a community celebration of Earth Day, and starting a cell phone recycling program. The Green Team wasted no time when it came to achieving these set goals.

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