News of Sustainable Initiatives at Clark
SLASH THE TRASH CAMPAIGN
In the 2017-18 school year, the Green Team and SGA collaborated to bring composting and improved recycling stations to the Clarke cafeteria, and successfully reduced trash from an average of 14 to 2 bags a day. The Green Team is always looking for student volunteers to help monitor recycling stations, so if you want to get involved with this wonderful group of students working together to make a difference, contact Ms. Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parent volunteers are also needed to help supervise and pitch in as needed. Please contact the Clarke PTO Green Team parent representative at email@example.com.
BRINGING LUNCH? REUSABLES ROCK!
The number of students bringing reusable containers for lunch and beverages continues to grow, and water bottles are in - and much preferred by teachers, as half full plastic water bottles often get left behind in the classrooms. Just make sure to label your water bottle! The new wing of our school features water fountains with water bottle refilling stations and are easily accessible from the cafeteria.
WALK AND ROLL
Twice a year walkers and bikers at Clarke gather before school to to celebrate with music, refreshments and a raffle. Why walk or bike? It’s a great way to start the school day, it reduces congestion around the school, and it’s good for the environment. Scout out the safest route, review safety tips and establish a walking / biking routine. If you live far away, try to walk or bike once a week, or get dropped off partway.
Waiting to pick up your child? Keep in mind that town bylaws prohibit idling for more than 3 minutes, and that exhaust from waiting cars goes onto the path of walkers. Reduce your impact and turn off your engine while you wait.
RECYCLE TEXTILES AND EARN MONEY FOR CLARKE
Cleaning out your closet? Drop off old clothes and linens in any condition in the large white BayState Textile containers in parking lot. All donations are reused or repurposed and earn money for our school. Please bag all donations - shoes and stuffed animals also accepted.
BLACK EARTH COMPOST
Get in on the competition! Join all Lexington Public Schools in the “Race to Compost”. Turn your food waste into valuable compost, earn a $10 donation for Clarke and get us closer to winning. Just mention “Clarke PTO” in the referral section when you sign up for curbside pick-up from Black Earth Compost for as little as $8 per month. The first school with 50 referral sign-ups gets two 13-gallon compost bins and liners. The town of Lexington is also providing curbside bins for residents, just show your Black Earth invoice at the DPW front desk (while supplies last).
LPS GREEN TEAMS
The LPS Green Teams is an active grassroots alliance of parents, staff, and students from all schools with the goal of promoting green practices in our schools and community. They have been a valuable resource for us at Clarke. For more information visit their website or join their email list at firstname.lastname@example.org