KATONAH, N.Y. -- Katonah Elementary School marked Earth Day throughout April by encouraging students to recycle cardboard, electronics and paper, and to save energy by turning off lights.
They also urged people to take shorter showers or turn off the water while brushing their teeth in an effort to conserve water, as well as use dishrags instead of paper towels.
During the school’s monthly assembly, fifth-grade students showcased what they’ve learned about saving the environment and read “Michael Recycle.”
Assistant Principal Terry Costin also recognized a few kindergarten students for cleaning up on Earth Day, along with several second-graders who took it upon themselves to clean up during recess.
To observe Earth Day, students in every grade were involved in activities that focused their attention on the environment throughout the month, such as walking to school on Fridays, Costin said. The school also composts food waste, which for April amounted to 1,065 pounds compared with the trash total of 508 pounds.
Another contribution to the environment is the reduced amount of water bottles used at the school thanks to a water dispenser that’s placed on the second floor. School officials said they’ve saved a total of 712 water bottles in April.
“We took inventory a number of years ago and began to target the reduction of the sale of water bottles,” Costin said. “The dispensers, which have been installed throughout the district, chill and filter the water and keep count electronically.”
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