Green Steps Schools is an environmental education and action initiative that recognizes schools in South Carolina who take annual sustainable steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible.
Some of our current projects are:
The recycling team has been very active. The school received enough recycling bins for each classroom and office area through a generous gift from PalmettoPride. The students distributed them to the classrooms and have posted information around the school so that everyone is aware of which materials can and cannot be recycled. The students have made weekly announcements at our assemblies to remind households to bring their materials out to the container and have spoken to the middle school assembly about recycling. The recycling from the office areas is handled by the team.
The team has conducted a collection to see how many plastic bottles are typically going in the trash each day. The data supports the need for a change and they hope to work on decreasing the prevalence of this wasteful habit in the future.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Air Quality gave the school several metal signs and a large banner to post near our car lines at the start of the year to help us kick off our efforts to provide the students with cleaner air. Several students in 7th grade and in 9th grade participated in our fall car line counts of idling cars which were submitted to the Breathe Better Campaign. A letter was sent to all families to encourage everyone to turn off car engines while parked.
Last year the athletic director expressed concern over the amount of litter being left behind in the bleachers at home games. Coach Beach tells us that he has seen some improvement. We are hoping to keep that trend going by continuing our “Litter Free Game” nights throughout the year. PalmettoPride supplies materials to help with the event.
The high school Habitat Green Team has been meeting to plan to beautify the area between the gym and the middle school parking lot. There will be construction in that area so while planting can not begin the students have been busy getting organized, measuring the beds and doing research. Ms. Faye LeGros, a local master gardener, has graciously agreed to help us. Her first meeting with the team took place in March.