Recently, Geary County Schools USD 475 has taken steps to become better stewards of the planet. A partnership with an energy conservation company, Cenergistic, was implemented district-wide which has led to a cost savings of over $1 million (in 24 months) and the district’s move to eFlyers through the Peachjar service has already begun to save a considerable amount of paper (over 74,000 sheets of paper in the first two weeks). These programs not only help to protect our planet from unnessesary use of resources, they also equate to financial savings which falls in line with USD 475’s promise to be good stewards of tax dollars.
The push to protect our planet can even be seen at the school building level with programs developed by staff and supported by their students. Sheridan Elementary School in Junction City, Kansas is a great example of how a school can come together to do good.
The Planet Protector Club is a group of 3rd through 5th-grade students within the school that meet on a monthly basis with 3 staff sponsors (Sarah Dinkel, Skyler Manning, and Jessica Calhoun). The club collects recycling material from around the school and the students involved work to educate their classmates on the importance of keeping the planet in good shape. This partially grant funded program is supported by the building and the PTO which allowed them to deploy several receptacles for recycling around the building.
The club was created when staff noticed that there was paper waste within the building that could be addressed in part by becoming more conscience of the issue. Sixteen students currently make up the Planet Protector Club at Sheridan and they hope to add to that number next year. If you know a child at Sheridan Elementary look for information on the application process at the beginning of next school year.
Geary County Schools commends these students and staff for taking the time to make small changes which can have large impacts on our planet.
World Environment Day which helps to reinforce the importance of preserving the environment is on June 5, 2017, and World Oceans Day is on June 8, 2017.