Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Fifteen Kimball students are taking part in a summer camp called Summer of Service. This year's theme is Eco-Squad ... Saving the Planet 24/7. The mission is to reduce our community and school's carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular, climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gasses produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation. Students in grades 5-11 are stepping up to the challenge of reducing Kimball's Carbon footprint by sponsoring a number of community service events. The senior high students have developed a carbon footprint test that will be used in both schools and four-five local businesses. The assessment team will then share the results and brainstorm ideas on how to reduce their score. They are also working on public service announcements and information videos that will be broadcast on the Web. The junior high team are sponsoring two community events.
The Eco Squad will be holding a recycling event at Fairhaven Town Hall from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Area residents are invited to bring in items for recycling. There are a number of items that will be taken for free like:
Eyeglasses, cell phones, Hearing aids, printer ink cartridges, DVD and VCR players, computer hard drives, and household batteries. Other items such as appliances, tires, and car batteries will be taken for a small fee. Watch for posters in the area businesses.
Rain barrels are plastic containers used to collect and harvest rain water as it falls from the roof of your house. By using rain barrels you can decrease your consumption of domestic water by up to 40 percent. Rain barrels help conserve water, lower cost and reduce water pollution. They are inexpensive and easy to build. The Eco Squad will be hosting a rain barrel demonstration at Kimball's Farmers Market on Friday, July 31.
Demonstrations will be held at 3:45, 4:30 and 5:15. There will also be a raffle for the rain barrels for $1 a chance.
You can join Eco Squad and help save the planet by attending one of these events, turning off lights or unplugging, recycling, or buying food that is organically grown. There are many ways you can help save the planet.
This camp and community service projects are made possible through a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Everyone can join the Eco Squad and help save the planet.