Students at Churchville-Chili Middle School aren’t waiting for someone else to step up and solve the world’s problems. They are taking the initiative themselves.
A group of seventh-graders noticed potentially recyclable or compostable products going into the trash. They got together to do research and create a proposal for solving the problem.
The group presented their ideas to school administrators and received a grant from Monroe County to fund the plan. Now, eight classrooms in the middle school have recycling bins for bottles and cans, as well as compost.
The district already recycles paper and cardboard. Students hope to expand the pilot program. In the meantime, they volunteer several hours a week to maintain the new system.
“It’s really only a little time,” Kathryn Parisi said. “We check every other day to make sure the bins are being used correctly.”
“Everyone here wants to do the right thing,” Jessica Magguilli said. “We just need to clearly communicate to them how they can do it.”
As sixth-graders, students in this class spearheaded the cafeteria’s composting program. This year, a new crop of sixth-grade activists are carrying on and expanding the original vision. The new group members are working on a proposal and plan to build their own system of compost collection and tumblers.
“We want to make a difference,” Parisi said “We just want to change something and make it better.”