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Science Club teams up with the Green Team

April 12, 2018
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

When Poland High School senior Katie Donnachie saw a need in the community, she quickly moved forward with ways to address it. She is promoting recycling during Green Week (April 16-20) at the high school.

As part of Green Week, the Science Club will be hosting a lot of different activities while teaming up with other clubs and the Mahoning County Green Team.

"I saw that people were not using the free services for recycling in the Poland area," Donnachie said. "I wanted to bring recycling to them in a way that made it a lot easier."

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Poland High School senior and Science Club member Katie Donnachie has taken recycling into her own hands. She made boxes for recycled plastics for the school cafeteria and will be promoting recycling through a partnership with the Green Team.

She said those who use the free curb-side recycling program had to go out to different sites to pick up the bins and pamphlets on what can be recycled. The addresses for those residents are then recorded and placed on the route for curbside pick-up. By obtaining bins and handing them out during Green Week, Donnachie and the Science Club membership are hoping to encourage more to join the efforts.

"We will receive 30 bins to hand out, and we are working with the Green Team to ensure everyone who wants a box, gets one," she said.

On April 17, the school will host a bin pickup between noon and 1 p.m. The week of April 16 through April 21 is Green Week leading up to April 22, which is Earth Day.

To help celebrate the week, the Science Club has teamed up with other PSHS clubs to put the focus on recycling and cleaning up the environment. The club has teamed with the Art Club to complete art pieces that show how pollution is affecting the planet. The French Club is another partnership where its members will be selling re-useable cups and mugs that will help eliminate the need for plastic bottles.

To insure plastic bottles stay out of the landfills, Donnachie made her own plastic recycle bins for the school cafeteria. She has also been known to grab a trash bag and pick up plastic bottles at football games.

"It mad me sick to see plastic throw away," she said. "As blue as Poland is, we need to remind people to be a little green as well."

Science Club advisor and teacher Beth Queen said, "These are good initiatives to remind people their individual actions do make a difference."

Forms to sign up for the recycle bins will be available as of April 12 at the following on-line location:

The bins will then be ready for pick up at the school on April 17. Donnachie reminds all residents the bins are free and so is the bi-weekly curb side pickup.



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