04 3 / 2012
The second level of our 252 Revitalization Project, education, is underway with the ‘So Fresh, So Green’ platform! Our team decided to implement a science and art contest to get the youth excited about the Go Green- 252 Revitalization Project. Both projects are being implemented on the elementary, middle, and high school level. There will be one art and one science winner per school level. The winners of the projects will win prizes ranging from an IPod, gift cards, College Tour, and a Green Class Party.
How are we getting the word out? We are working hard to have principals in Northampton County to buy-in to THE IDEA. THE IDEA is to advertise the ‘So Fresh, So Green’ Contest and to allow our team to host a ‘So Fresh, So Green’ Assembly. The long-term goal is to begin conversations about sustaining Green practices in the schools and surrounding neighborhoods.
So far we have completed two assemblies for Gaston Middle School and Northampton County High School West. Both assemblies were a blast! The students were very engaged and excited about Going Green and being Fresh at the same time. Terri Lee, president of Rooting the World, and I talked with the students about 3 main points:
1- Going Green is Cool
2- Going Green is Lucrative
3- Going Green is a Lifesaver
Afterward, we divided the youth in groups and they were able to see and do tangible things at our Green Stations. These stations included:
Community Beautification Mapping
Recycle Bin Creation & Gaming Green
The students really enjoyed our assembly and some even wanted to sign up to become our So Fresh, So Green Ambassadors! Principal Felicia Whitaker was a great host for the program and we are scheduled to visit her and the middle school principal in April to consult with them about sustaining Green practices in the school for the next school year. We were humbled by this experience of having the opportunity to give back to the youth. Growing up in Northampton County can be very difficult because of the lack of resources in the area. I know that the 252 Revitalization Project can and will bring new jobs, resources, healthier lifestyles, and a bigger beacon of hope to the area.
Our next stop is Willis Hare Elementary School on March 21st, 2012!