Hilton High School
March 2011- Go Green Student of the Month
Her teachers and Green team advisors tell us that Rachel is a very environmentally conscious student. As the president of the Hilton High School environmental club, she is great at coming up with ideas and motivating students. She is a main force in the new recycling program at their school and also very involved in the club's goal to educate fellow students on being more "green." The senior class even chose her for their senior superlative "biggest tree hugger," an honor she carries proudly as she admits she is always striving to make herself and her school more green! She has also been a driving force in ideas for helping the community. Her ideas for this year include reaching out to elementary schools and teaching children about being more green, adopting a highway and cleaning up local parks. Here is Rachel's 'Go Green' essay:
"Going Green" is so much more than a trend or a catchy phrase to me. I truly believe in creating an environmentally friendly lifestyle in everyday activities. Going green means saving our Earth for future generations. Some may justify their lack of recycling or conserving by saying that they will not be alive when the effects of our pollution actually harm the Earth and its people. However, I refuse to agree with that statement. First off, the Earth is already deeply affected by the actions of the people who are living on it, and not in a positive way. Also, even though we may not be alive hundreds of years from now, our relatives and ancestors will be and I want them to be provided with the beauty of mother nature in all its splendor, not just the remains of the mother nature that our generation was able to experience. I believe that going green should be a requirement to all people, considering the Earth was here long before we were, and we're merely invited to stay and coexist on it. So many little things can be done that could end up making such a huge impact in the long run. Small, daily changes can be made to improve our environmental habits.
I believe that it is my job to be a role model to others who are interested in helping the Earth. I have studied the effects of pollution and I believe that it is my duty to inform others of these harmful effects. Three years ago, I helped to create my school's Environmental Club with a few other students and teachers who were also very interested in the topic. Since then, our club has started a very successful recycling program in our school, raised awareness by sharing tips with our peers and even visited the local recycling plant. We have plans to speak to the elementary students about recycling and other "green" habits to start, plant a tree in front of our school, and possibly even take care of a portion of the highway. I have changed many small things in my life to help the environment as well. Things as small as unplugging phone chargers or turning off the water when brushing my teeth at night still leave me feeling that in the littlest way, I have helped to conserve Mother Nature for future generations. And this leaves me feeling fulfilled.
Thanks so much!