Senior- Victor High School
Go Green Student of the Month
Our February Go Green Student of the Month found a way to contribute to a school program in the city of Rochester with a truly environmentally friendly project. Ryan Yourch of Victor High School designed and built a compost bin for the students to contribute to their Science course of study. A garden plot at the school will surely benefit from the organically rich material produced by the compost bin and the children's experience with 'green' gardening will be boosted by Ryan's effort! Good job, Ryan- and congratulations!
See Ryan's personal essay on what it means to him to 'Go Green' below:
To me "going green" means to take simple steps that in the long run can greatly affect our environment for our future generations. I believe that this is important because not taking care of our environment can cause disasters like the extinction of animals and plants that we have never seen before, even ones that could save lives or cure disease. Another way of “going green” is helping to cut down on smog and pollutant in our air destroying our ozone and killing plants and animals around the world. Destroying the ozone is causing the earth’s temperature to rise, causing the melting of the polar ice caps and possibly causing the next ice age. But not everyone has to go out and change everything in their lives to help the "Go Green" effort. Little thing like recycling and using less paper when done by hundreds of people can make all the difference.
I believe that my projects will contribute to the green effort because my Eagle Scout project was building a compost. This compost is being used by an inner city Rochester school called Freedom School and by the MoKA, Museum of Kids Art. This school already has a garden and is building a second across the school that they use to teach the students about “going green” and giving back to the environment. From these gardens they would produce large amounts of biodegradable material but never have a place for it besides the dumps. With this compost they now can use the garden leftovers to create better soil for next year and help clear up landfills that would be otherwise filled with good garden growing material.
The kids of the Freedom School and the kids that work with Michelle at MoKA deserved the compost and I am happy that I was able to help them further their education about our wonderful world.