By Ida McGinley
Eighth grader and Founding Member of R3C
Numbers 35:33 “You shall not pollute the land in which you live.”
At Holy Spirit School, education expands to include the love for and care of our planet. Using the school as an ecosystem, students are learning about the impact each one can make by reducing their carbon footprint.
Founded in 2016 by four Cadette Girl Scouts, the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Club (R3C) of Holy Spirit School, with its twelve student body members has created awareness within the Holy Spirit School community, in regards to pollution. Before deciding to start R3C, the girls looked around their school and wondered how they could change it for the better. With global warming, a challenge that current and future generations will need to address, the Girl Scouts felt there was nothing more pressing than the environment. Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, inspired the girls to begin R3C.
With perseverance and commitment during difficult moments; Ida McGinley, Rebecca Jatnieks, Meher Virk, and Rhea Virk, the club founders, now in eighth grade, feel they have made a lasting impact. The girls raised funds by selling cookies, holding free dress days, and collecting donations. The funds raised were used to replace the recycling bins around the schoolyard, create educational materials, and bring recycling back to the school. With more events being planned in the future, R3C plans on leaving a legacy.
In addition to the founders, success would not have been a reality without Holy Spirit School Science Teacher, Jennifer Echeverri’s guidance and commitment. Thanks to supportive Principal, Maureen Christensen, and Vice Principal, Greg Vohs, the club has and will continue to flourish. It takes a village to make a true difference, and the community and village of Holy Spirit School, are truly changing the world.