Going Green at Hunters Bend Elementary

  • Seven girls pose for a picture in a library

    Published April 22, 2021

    Fourth and fifth grade students at Hunters Bend Elementary are doing their part to take care of the environment and keep their school clean.

    The Sustainability Group, led by HBES fifth grade teacher Celeste Grider, meets every Friday morning to collect recycling and pick up trash around the school. When the weather allows for it, they also clean up the playground, bike rack and outdoor classroom.

    "Mrs. Grider does a really great thing for our school," said HBES student Charlotte Bennion. "The school recycles the paper we pick up, but Mrs. Grider takes home the aluminum, cardboard and plastic to recycle on her own. She's really amazing."

    In addition to cleaning up the building, students in the Sustainability Group discuss new ways to improve the campus. Because of their work, Hunters Bend Elementary started a vegetable garden. The group gives students the opportunity to improve their school community and have fun at the same time.

    "It feels good to help with the environment," said HBES student Rachel Bouve. "It's crazy to go outside and see how much people litter. It's fun to hang out and clean up with your friends."