Did you know the Seton Campus has engaged in a recycling program since the beginning of the school year? From empty milk cartons to cardboard disposable lunch containers to plastic water bottles and used copier paper, students in kindergarten through grade 5, along with their teachers and staff, have taken the time to learn how and when to recycle items that were previously thrown in the garbage cans and ultimately, a landfill. Since August, the Seton Campus has recycled over 2,500 pounds.
With the “4th grade Green Team”, the 3rd grade volunteers who help the Kindergarten students during each lunch period, as well as all the students, faculty and staff, SASEAS School and our parish community convert approximately 500 pounds of waste from trash to recycling each month. It is amazing how much waste is created at a school every day and how big of an impact a group effort can make to reduce the negative impact that comes from waste.
Our school community is not alone in our recycling efforts. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has explained in his latest encyclical, Laudato Si (released June 18, 2015), "Living our vocation to be protectors of God's handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience." (no.217) Pope Francis is calling for many actions, including: "Less use of raw materials;... More recycling and better waste disposal." (The Catholic Telegraph, July 2015).
The program began with recycling school lunch waste and classroom and office supplies. More recently, Seton’s bingo nights have been introduced to the opportunity to recycle. It started small, and has grown to make a big impact thanks to a few passionate parents, school staff and a lot of enthusiastic students.
To continue and grow our recycling efforts, more parent volunteers are essential. If you are interested in helping expand our program and passionate about helping make an impact in protecting our planet, please contact Anita Kern at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 513.378.1457.