A group of youth leaders at WHS has been engaging in meaningful dialogue with faculty and community members around the need for change in the way the school addresses recycling and reduction of waste.
Michelle Townsend, Jasmine Martens, Serene Martens and Gwen Schillenger are members of the Windsor Partnership for Innovation and Change (WHPIC). The group has attended a variety of youth leadership conferences that emphasize the importance of meaningful dialogue between youth and adults.
The WHPIC team is interested in seeing improvements in the current recycling and composting system at school. As a result, they interviewed numerous members of the community who share a common interest at the local and state level. The team also analyzed data on the quantity of trash produced at WHS that was gathered during an event last spring called Trash on the Lawn. The data showed that 287 lbs of trash is produced every day at Windsor School, a statistic the team feels is way too high.
After conducting interviews and research around the current status of Windsor Schools need to address this very important issue, the students organized a school wide art competition to generate awareness about the need for a better system. They also organized and facilitated a rich dialogue about the impact of waste on our environment and our responsibility as a school to reduce the impact. The team challenged school faculty to reflect on the following:
Our connection to the environment
How much trash we generate at Windsor
Our responsibility and
How you can help us in our effort to reduce our impact
The WHPIC Team also presented the data and information about the poster challenge to K-4 students at one of their weekly Wednesday assemblies.