Clean community remains club's goal
Jim DeLaCruz (left), a Bexley High School Environmental Club member, and Courtney Peterson, the club's co-president, were among those who took part in the Sept. 28 Alum Creek CleanUp.
Bexley High School's Environmental Club is off and running for the 2013-14 school year.
On Sept. 28, members completed their first cleanup along the banks of Alum Creek. About a dozen students took part in the cleanup, in partnership with the Friends of Alum Creek, according to Scott Logsdon, Bexley High School science teacher and Environmental Club adviser.
The club has also begun collecting and recycling No. 5 plastics and batteries, including old cell phone, rechargeable, lithium, AAA, AA, nine- and six-volt batteries, although car and marine batteries are not being accepted. Materials can be dropped off in Logsdon's classroom, Room 4230 at Bexley High School, 326 S. Cassingham Road.
The expansion of the school's recycling effort was spearheaded by the club's co-president, Megan Niermeyer, who wrote a PTO grant that will fund additional recycling bins. Every Friday, a school-wide announcement tells teachers and staffers to move their room containers into the hall so that Environmental Club members can wheel a giant bin around the school and collect all materials to be recycled.
In 2008, Logsdon was one of the key advocates in launching Bexley's first district-wide recycling effort, involving Green Teams at each school and a grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
"The amount of recycling materials being collected has exceeded the capacity of the bins we bought five years ago, so we are purchasing more," Logsdon said in a district press release.
Environmental Club meetings typically attract some 30 to 35 students from all grades. The regular meetings often feature guest speakers or focus on work on particular initiatives.