Academic excellence is not the only commitment Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy (PSCA) makes, the school also is making an ongoing effort to reduce their waste. As a Wayne County Green School, PSCA encourages their school community to be “waste-free” every Wednesday.
Wayne County introduced 93 schools into the 2019 Wayne County Green Schools Program. The Green School program is implemented to encourage environmental stewardship, energy conservation, and to enhance our quality of life through energy efficiency and environmental protection.
PSCA received an Emerald School designation, meaning they successfully participated in 15-19 activities, which are in a combination of four categories: recycling, energy savings, environmental protection, and miscellaneous.
Waste-Free Wednesday is PSCA’s waste reduction program that they promote at lunchtime and encourage everyone to only bring reusable containers and utensils rather than things you must throw away after one use.
“We feel this is important because of the impact our waste has on the environment, which will affect future generations,” said Claire Kwolek, fifth-grade teacher at PSCA.
The Green Team, a staff committee that works toward PSCA reaching a “Green School” status in the Wayne County Green Schools program, is currently working on developing a plan to reduce waste even more during lunch by holding competitions on Wednesdays to see which lunch period can use the fewest number of garbage cans or bags.
Jennifer Richardson, art teacher at PSCA, does various projects that include recycled materials. Currently, she is collecting milk pint containers from school lunch for a project. Later this year, she will have her middle school students create outfits out of found items for the “Trashion Show.” Additionally, she collects dried up markers to use for watercolors and sends them to Crayola ColorCycle, an initiative for K-12 students to collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.
PSCA’s school recycling program includes copy paper, magazines, newspaper, plastic bottles, to name a few.
“We are committed to making an effort to reduce our waste. Every act can make a difference!” said Kwolek.