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posted Apr 22, 2011, 6:51 AM by   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 5:11 AM by Sites Admin ]

~ Deanna (Jenkins) Nichols, '89

A concerted effort to conserve, clean and recycle was carried out by Faith's community two days prior to the globally recognized, Earth Day, scheduled for April 22nd.

The task team for this school-wide event promoted ideas and activities for taking care of the environment.  The “Green Team”, headed by Personnel Director, Anne Penner was made up of a group of teachers and staff committed to raising awareness about the role we can all play in caring for the world around us.  “One of our objectives is to lower our Meralco electric bill for the month of April.  If we are able to see a difference in overall consumption, the Green Team will pass out prizes for the entire student body.” - Penner

Earth Day events included:

* A green color scheme, showing up on posters around campus, student clothing, even face-paint!

* A dirty sock contest was conducted to test emissions of the cars parked in front of Hardeman Gym.

* 4th Graders wrote Earth Day poems.

* Laminated signs were posted at each doorway exit as reminders to switch off computers, air-conditioners and lights.

* PE classes volunteered to pick up garbage around campus.

* BYOP - Faith's student store, now named, "The V" promoted a Bring-Your-Own-Plate (and utensils) Day to reduce the use of styrofoam and plastic.

* A used-clothing drive to benefit a local ministry to the poor was organized by Activities Coordinator, Cheryl Roldan.  Cheryl explains how one organization holds doll-making workshops for families in poor neighborhoods.  Volunteers teach families how to create dolls using donated garments, which can then be sold as craft projects for raising funds.  “This fund-raiser not only provides a livelihood for needy families but it also raises awareness of the problems of poverty in the city and reminds us there are many ways to reach out and help others in the name of Jesus.” – Roldan

Although it is too soon in the month to know whether everyone will receive a prize for a lower Meralco bill, it was apparent the Green Team met their goal in raising awareness.  It seemed everyone participated in the day’s events, especially since the suggestion to  “wear green shirts” also meant a “no uniform day” for students.