“CJ Eagles will forever protect the Green and Blue.”
That was the theme created by the Senior Capstone Group of Jordan Cammon, Joe Castellano, Madeline Hofstetter, Chase Howell and Libby Kohls for CJ’s second annual Green Week.
“We are carrying on the wonderful legacy of Green Week which was created by a Capstone last year to increase recycling at CJ,” said Hofstetter. “We are making efforts to expand their fantastic work and make CJ a greener institution through recycling, education, faith, and awareness of the personal relationship every person has to the earth.”
“I've always cared about the environment so I thought what they were doing was really admirable so I wanted to continue it,” added Kohls.
Howell shared, “I personally was interested in Green Week because I love nature. I'm always busy doing something and it's when I'm outside doing something that I find true peace.”
Earlier in the school year, the Capstone group was responsible for securing a $6,000 grant from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District to purchase additional recycling bins for the school. They also spoke to the school’s board of trustees about this initiative.
During Green Week, the Capstone group planned a theme for each day:
- Meatless Monday (the group worked with the school cafeteria to serve no meat for lunch and had informational flyers about meat consumption).
- T-shirt Tuesday (the group encouraged students to recycle unwanted CJ spirit shirts to be given to underclassmen.
- Why Wednesday (the group gave an informative presentation on the environment after school)
- Thoughtful Thursday (the group encouraged teachers to show a short video about incorporating faith with an environmental initiative).
- Finale Friday (the CJ community is encouraged to wear green).
The group also received and placed the new recycling bins throughout the rest of the school building.
“The idea behind this continuation of Green Week is to bring awareness of the impact people and institutions like CJ can have on the environment,” Hofstetter shared. “We hope to promote the idea that a green institution involves recycling, education, faith, and a greener mindset in the CJ community.
“All our work has been rooted in Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudito Si, or ‘Care for Our Common Home,’” Hofstetter continued. “In it, he states it is our responsibility as Catholics to protect and respect God's Creation. We hope we have filled the school with Pope Francis' message during Green Week.”
“We would like people to know that recycling helps and creating that habit of recycling is good for everyone,” Howell added.
Kohls agreed, “I would like everyone to just be more conscious of how their everyday decisions affect the environment and take pains to give back and take care of something that gives us so much.”
Posted February 6, 2020