In Schuylerville, students, administrators, teachers, parents businesses and individuals in the community are setting a national example for protecting the environment through numerous conservation projects. The district's elementary school will be formally recognized in July as one of the nation's Green Ribbon Schools — the only school from New York nominated. Among approximately 50 projects undertaken at the school in partnership with Hudson Crossing Park are a composting effort at the middle and elementary schools to help reduce cafeteria waste brought to landfills (including a milk-carton recycling program), a toy recycling program to help less fortunate children, a turn-off-the-lights night, a bird feeder initiative, and Wednesday's upcoming "Walk/Bike to School" day.
In Johnstown, students at the PTECH school helped preserve the environment and clean up their community by picking up trash near the school, decorating reusable grocery bags, and repurposing recyclable materials into decorations that will be placed in the school's community garden. Not only did the effort help generate respect for the environment, but it provided students with a lesson in community service and pride.
In Albany, students at Pine Hills Elementary School have raised $15,000 over the past three years to help build a deep solar-powered well in the East African country of Tanzania, one of the poorest nations in the world with a very high level of hunger and child malnutrition. The service project — which has included bake sales, breakfasts, and bottle collections — was initiated to further the work of Mary Stella Greco, a, former nun from Schenectady who dedicated her life to missionary work and raising money to help less fortunate people around the globe. She was murdered in 2013, and this effort is helping keep her mission and her memory alive.
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