Nov. 25, 2003 – St. Croix Central High School students and teachers have initiated a campaign to clean up the campus and keep it clean throughout the rest of the school year.
Saturday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 6, were designated as Environmental Awareness and Beautification Days. The public is being urged to help by working alongside the students or donating needed items.
Teacher Verdel Petersen's classes and the Science Department are leading and promoting the ongoing effort, which includes establishing litter-free zones, mentoring and patrolling, planting and grooming vegetation and providing more trash receptacles.
Petersen has taught on St. Croix for 20 years and is in her first year at CHS, teaching freshman and sophomore physical science and biology.
The first Environmental Awareness and Beautification day included a poster contest and trash-can decorating. Petersen said 50 students participated. "The day was excellent," she said. "I am very proud of the students."
CHS, with about 1,000 students, is built on a large grassy campus with a shady center courtyard. Students are required to put in community-service hours, and those participating in the cleanup days receive credit for their work.
The school's environmental club, Nature and Environmental Role Models, and teacher Jesu Espinosa are helping with the campaign.
With effort and follow-through, the remaining bits of trash that still litter the school grounds should be thoroughly eliminated. The students and teachers and their supporters hope that by raising awareness and instilling pride that littering will be greatly reduced not only at CHS but throughout the island.
For more information, e-mail Verdel Petersen, or call her at 513-8979 or 778-2514.
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