Working with the Palm Springs Sustainability Committee
This year our students were approached by Palm Springs Sustainability Committee member, Bob McCann, to participate in a recycling study. While the city is analyzing how many recyclable items are being thrown in the trash at parks, this is the first study being completed on a school campus. Students analyzed trash to see how many recyclable items were being thrown away for four weeks. They will need to complete phase 2 to see if placing recyclable bins will result in trash being sorted in the correct receptacles.
Pop-Up Museum of Plastic Pollution
Right before school closed, due to the Coronavirus, students were completing their "large scale projects," that were to be showcased at a district art show. Their projects were resembling those of a pop-up museum in New York titled, "How Do You Hydrate?" Students were re-creating a life-size Beluga whale that had washed ashore with over 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach. They also painted a giant sea turtle with shocking messages, a life-size outline of a student holding 148 plastic water bottles (the amount of water bottles each individual consumes in a year), a yoga ball covered in plastic bottles atop a polluted ocean, and other projects representing the dangers of single use plastic water bottles.