Super Hero Spotlight

Pembroke Super HerosThere are a million awesome green initiatives being launched this week throughout the nation.  That said, each school faces its own unique challenges.  My goal this year is to share “best practices” to help make your programs a success.  (Naturally there will be some stumbling along the way. By sharing our successes and failures you will hopefully get there faster.)

One thing for certain is that it takes 2 to tango.  A committed staff member, interested in incorporating sustainability and a volunteer, whether it’s parent, retired school teacher or community member are essential. We will spotlight such teams throughout the year starting here at Pembroke Elementary with leaders, Gail Moses, a 1st grade teacher and Patricia Dobosenski, a retired teacher and Environmental Club volunteer extraordinaire.

Their program is successful because Gail communicates projects and secures support from staff.  Pat meets with the team on a weekly basis (after school) and spends countless hours in the cafeteria encouraging waste reduction and composting. Additionally, Pat plants the school garden with members who use the compost to organically fertilize plants. It’s an amazing program and successful due to dedication and lots of hard work.


Here are just a few highlights:

  • Waste-free lunch program reduced cafeteria waste from 71 lbs. to 22 lbs.

    Reusable party packs reduce significant waste.

    Reusable party packs reduce significant waste.

  • Compost organics
  • Designed and maintain school garden
  • Created outdoor learning space
  • Raised funds to provide a “Waste-free” party pack for every classroom
  • Sewed reusable cloth napkins for every child in school
  • Laminate only on Tuesdays and Thursdays to save energy

This team is an inspiration for us all!  Way to go!

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