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May 21, 2013 > St. John's celebrates Earth Month

St. John's celebrates Earth Month

Submitted By Cici Susbilla

St. John's celebrated Earth Month with the help of students, parents, teachers, parishioners, and support from local businesses. Activities ranged from simple activities performed by the youngest students (Pre-Kindergarten) to collection drives hosted by the school throughout the month of April.

Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Vanessa Salgado educated the students about the importance of keeping our environment clean and the benefits that we get from planting trees. The class pitched in by walking around the campus to pick up trash. They also learned about gardening and ways to help take care of the plants and trees around us.

A new program adopted this school year is the collection of old eyeglasses. The project is in conjunction with Lions Club International. The school collected 75 old prescription glasses. Glasses collected will be recycled and reused to help people in developing nations have clearer vision which means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life.

For the third consecutive year, St. John's hosted a free Electronic Waste Recycling with the help of San Jose based recycling company, Earthcare Recycling. Unwanted computers, old TVs, and other electronic waste were collected at the church parking lot on April 20. Together, with the participation of our parishioners, school families, and the local community, pallets of electronic waste were properly disposed of.

St. John's School and Kohl's (Milpitas) Green Team once again, teamed up to make a difference in our environment. On April 22, five Kohl's volunteer employees from Milpitas and several students from grades 4-8 worked together to help beautify the school's campus. Outdoor plants were planted in eight decorative planters and placed in front of the school's Peace Garden. Several of our volunteers and students also cleaned-up the planter boxes in front of the shrine by the office building. Many thanks to Kohl's associates Sally Cuellar, Lirio Gonzalez, Miranda Giddens, Jacob Gonzalez, Lilly Villegas and daughter, Leilani Arenas for volunteering their time to help complete our projects in support of April Earth Month.

Textile collection is an ongoing project that the school participates in with the help of USAgain. USAgain is a for-profit company that collects unwanted textiles. They recycle and redistribute the clothes to places where there is a great need for them in the U.S. and abroad. A collection bin has been placed by the parking lot entrance to the church and school for convenience and is an eco-friendly option to dispose of unwanted textiles. This project gave our school families and parishioners a start to spring cleaning and taught our students to properly get rid of clothes, shoes and other textiles so they don't end up in landfills.

Making a difference is great! Working together as a team to make a difference makes it even better. The community of St. John's demonstrated that we can be responsible stewards of God's wonderful creation and that we can make a difference in our environment when we all work together.

St. John the Baptist Catholic School is located at 360 S. Abel Street in Milpitas. (www.sjbs.org).

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