Selina Donahue ‘13 | Staff Writer
Project Earth was “Mrs. Gossart’s legacy before she left,” said Ms. Steeger, Biology teacher and club moderator. Just two years ago, Bishop McNamara went eco-friendly and started our very own recycling program. Unknown to many, this big change was caused by Bishop McNamara’s Project Earth. This “eco-club” is an organization formed to encourage environmental stewardship at McNamara.
This year Project Earth plans to have multiple activities, including a field trip to the zoo, the Smithsonian Museum, and a vegetarian restaurant. To help continue the use of recycling, Project Earth will be participating in the annual plastic bottle competition, to compete to see who can collect the most bottles for recycling. They also plan to help 4th Graders at St. Peter’s in Waldorf with an Environmental Education Project. Activities will include sampling the water from streams, inspecting aquatic insects, and many other biological activities.
The club made eco-friendly Christmas ornaments, which they sold two years ago at the BMHS Christmas Festival. The funds raised were donated to environmental causes such as the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, they donated money to the WWF to support endangered species. In addition, Project Earth hopes to have ACE, an organization that works to educate high school students on the state of the environment and how it can be improved, visit McNamara again. ACE last visited us two years ago and held a presentation in the Theatre for any interested students or teachers who wished to bring their class during that Period.
When asked about the recycling program, Ms. Steeger said that it still “needs improvements” and will be worked upon further by the club throughout the year. Many people have been using the recycling cans as trash cans, especially at lunch. Some classrooms also continue to have an absence of recycling cans. They hope to supply any more recycling cans needed and will supervise and encourage students and teachers to recycle daily.
To join or learn more about Project Earth, see Ms. Steeger in room 202 after school for more information.