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Greater Latrobe Students Take Action to Help the Environment

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The amount of trash that is accumulated in our high school cafeteria is no secret. Although the school does its best to recycle and protect our environment, the environmental club noticed one common denominator. Styrofoam trays. These trays cannot be recycled, meaning that hundreds of them get thrown away daily. This amount of trash is awful for the earth and the environmental club has decided to take action and come up with a solution.

Senior club members Abby Cook, Reese Crick, Zoey Favata, Jace Pedicone, and Jenna Sonnie got the ball rolling last school year. Zoey Favata mentioned, “It was a long process, but the outcome was worthwhile.”

Members of the club spent their time last school year brainstorming a plan of action to begin eliminating the trash. Their vision was to create a system of reusable trays to eliminate the excessive amount of waste going into the school trash cans. 

The vision came to life this 2023-24 school year when the cafeteria began switching out some of the styrofoam for reusable trays. After the first week of this new system, the school’s trash had been cut in half, according to Dr. Benning. 

Daytime custodian George Lindsay reported an average of 45 bags of trash per day, while that number has changed to less than 22 bags per day. Even though the cafeteria has yet to completely transfer over to all reusable trays, 400-500 fewer trays are being used each day. In the future, the environmental club would like to get rid of all styrofoam trays. Zoey Favata adds “Seeing such a big change is really impactful and I hope that other people stick to it and want to work toward something bigger.”

Although these statistics are impressive, there were some bumps in the road along the way. One of the biggest concerns was figuring out a system that ensured all the trays were being washed and dried every day. It was unrealistic to expect our cafeteria staff to wash the new trays. To alleviate that obstacle, some members of the environmental club volunteered to help wash trays every day after lunch. 

Another concern was losing the trays due to students accidentally throwing them away. Club sponsor, Mr. Richter, made new trash can lids that prevent the trays from being thrown away. As of now, not one tray was lost in the garbage.

 It took a lot of hard work for these changes to catch on throughout the school. “It was not an easy fix,” said two-year environmental club member, Kennedy King. Even through the struggles, these environmentally conscious students persevered. Overall, the environmental club is hard at work making small changes that have a great impact. 

While high school is a time for academic growth, it is also a chance for students to develop their character by participating in community activities. The tray movement has created the perfect moment for students to help the community during school hours. The freshman focus classes have come together to create a system where different groups go down to the cafeteria and wash the trays. This removes some of the duties of the environmental club members and the cafeteria workers. This is a unique opportunity for students to give back to our school while doing their part to help the environment. Senior, Zoey Favata notes, “It’s a great opportunity to have students volunteer as well in the cafeteria. It creates a better community in our school.”

Latrobe Students Roll Up Their Sleeves to Serve Their Community  While high school is a time for academic growth, it is also a chance for students to develop their character by participating in community activities. The tray movement has created the perfect moment for students to help the community during school hours. The freshman focus classes have come together to create a system where different groups go down to the cafeteria and wash the trays. This removes some of the duties of the environmental club members and the cafeteria workers. This is a unique opportunity for students to give back to our school while doing their part to help the environment. Senior Zoey Favata notes, “It’s a great opportunity to have students volunteer as well in the cafeteria. It creates a better community in our school.”

 

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Olivia Carlquist, Staff Writer
Olivia Carlquist is thrilled to be a writer on the high post this year! Olivia is currently in her junior year at Greater Latrobe High School, and her first year on The High Post. Olivia is a dancer at Laurel Valley Academy of Dance, specializing in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acro, and modern. She also enjoys helping teach preschool-age dance classes at her studio. Olivia is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the French National Honor Society, Interact Club, and Key Club. She is also an involved member of the Environmental Club, where she helps recycle materials from the school every week. When she is not at school or dance, you can find her spending time with her dog Winnie. Winnie is a lab-pitbull mix that she got during the pandemic. Olivia enjoys focusing on her academics and is a distinguished honor student. She plans on pursuing a career in child psychiatry in the future. Olivia is so excited to be a member of the High Post this year and to be able to write meaningful stories that convey what is going on at Greater Latrobe. She cannot wait to begin covering this year’s school events.
Corey McHenry, Staff Writer
Corey McHenry is a junior at Greater Latrobe Senior High School. At school, she is involved in the Key Club, Interact Club, and Environmental Club. She is also in Mu Alpha Feta and the Spanish National Honor Society. Outside of school, she was a competitive gymnast for ten years where she trained at Elegance Elite and reached level eight. One of her biggest gymnastics accomplishments is becoming a  state bar champion. A few of her other interests include skiing, shopping, and hanging out with her friends and family. She is also an employee at the Meadows in Latrobe where she loves to serve and interact with customers. A few fun facts about her are that her favorite season is fall, she loves traveling to different places, and her favorite color is pink. Corey is so excited to have the opportunity to take journalism to learn and grow more as a writer and photographer.

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