Hundreds of students from 12 middle schools offered suggestions for The Daily Gazette’s 2009 Capital Region Earth Day Project. The newspaper’s Life and Arts department asked kids to come up with innovative, creative ways to reduce garbage, prevent pollution and encourage recycling — save the world in a paragraph or two. Thirty of the best suggestions appear today, in the newspaper’s print and online editions.
Elizabeth Jamison takes a bird’s-eye view of saving the environment one tree at a time. The Schalmont Middle School sixth-grader wrote in response to The Daily Gazette’s 2009 Capital Region Earth Day Project.
Recycling old sneaker treads was an idea submitted by Ben King, 13, of Maple Avenue Middle School in Greenfield.
Iroquois Middle School student Isabel Curro won’t use an extra grocery bag for milk jugs — they already have handles. Kate Batzinger, also from Iroquois Middle School, thinks cereals should be bought in bulk and transfered to reusable plastic containers.
Gabrielle O’Dell, 13, Maple Avenue Middle School, suggests taking your name off junk mail lists to reduce unwanted paper.
Claire Stulberger, 12, Gowana Middle School, wears a sweater to keep warm in winter instead of raising the thermostat.
Reusable or biodegradable trays in the school cafeteria is Schalmont Middle Schooler Elizabeth Tetlak’s idea for Earth Day.
Maya Dorn, 11, of Gowana Middle School recycles her old jeans to make a funky purse.