Led by the Magnolia West High Interact Club members, students at MISD's Williams Elementary are going "green" this spring. For the past ten weeks, the students have been collecting recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum cans and bringing them to school. They collected more than 125 bags of them, which surpassed their original goal of 100. To spur their efforts, they made posters encouraging others to recycle, which were all entered into a contest.
Thanks to counselor Pamela Fairchild and sponsor HEB, on May 28, six students received $10 awards for their winning posters in the school's regular morning assembly. Winners were: Alexa Ramirez - Kindergarten; Natalie Smith - grade 1; Holden Stringer - grade 2; Cole Leonard - grade 3; Rebecca Cartwright - grade 4; and Ally Waid - grade 5. Approximately 160 students entered the Recycle Poster Contest. All participating students received green arm bracelets (with the message "WES makes a difference! WES recycles!") to remind them to continue to "go green" this summer.
Fairchild spearheaded the recycling effort at the school.
"We hope to inspire all the Magnolia ISD schools to recycle as part of a commitment to keep our community clean," she said.
Fairchild was grateful to the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful organization for including her school in the HEB grant, which funded the recycle bins and provided recycled pencils (made out of old currency) for each student.
Going green is nothing new for Williams Elementary students. Earlier this school year they established one of the area's first "butterfly" gardens on the school grounds. The beautiful garden of natural butterfly-friendly plants was planted on the school grounds by students, parents, teachers and volunteers of the US Green Building Council Piney Woods Branch, who helped fund the garden. Plants, garden tools and services were donated by Landology, Elizabeth Austin Landscapes by Design, Nature's Way, and Silversand Services.
"Our students are learning early about how to preserve our environment, which is sure to make them better citizens when they grow up," said Fairchild. "We members of the school staff are thankful to have this opportunity."