SWHS Environmental Club hosts 'Earthapoluzza'

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Jun. 2, 2011
Three-year-old Claire and her sister, Kylie, 5, enjoy a water activity at Earthapoluzza. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Three-year-old Claire and her sister, Kylie, 5, enjoy a water activity at Earthapoluzza. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The South Windsor High School Environmental Club hosted the third annual Earthapoluzza on Friday, May 27, at the Nevers Road Park Pavilion. “We’re celebrating the earth and keeping it clean,” said Francine, a SWHS freshman. “And we’re teaching the kids not to pollute, because we all live here.”

The Environmental Club was founded by Rebecca Liebman, now a senior, in response to reading about how many water bottles were thrown out each year. The project started by placing boxes in the classrooms for the collection of the water bottles. “If the box was there, people would recycle the bottles,” said Liebman.

Liebman said Earthapoluzza started as a way of reaching out to the whole community. “What better age group than kids to learn about environmental initiatives?” she said.

According to club advisor Danel Eitel, Earthapoluzza is the club’s main event. “We also helped organize the Bike to School Day,” she noted. The club continues to help with the high school’s recycling efforts, and has begun coordination with the cafeteria to serve more local and organic foods.

South Windsor Walk and Wheel Ways Co-Chair Ginny Hole and new member Ken Sek were on-hand to show parents how to fit bike helmets and to show kids how to change a bicycle tire. Hole noted that SWWWW teamed up with Bike Walk CT to sponsor bike-education programs for fourth-graders. The group is hoping to host similar programs for older adults. Starting on June 30, SWWWW will host a family bike ride prior to each Rockville Bank Summer Concert. Pre-ride clinics are offered at 5:30 and the rides begin at 6 p.m. Interested riders should meet at the Rockville Bank Park in Evergreen Walk.

Juniors Julianne and Erin are members of the Environmental Club. “We try to conserve energy,” said Julianne about her interest in the club, which obtained the grant funding for putting grass on the high school roof. According to fellow club member Meredith, the Early College Experience class at SWHS planted the grass roof.

“We also do a lot of encouraging,” said Erin, noting other projects such as single-stream recycling, composting and movement-sensitive switches for lights. The club meets every other Tuesday after school.

Seniors Alex and Luke were at the recycling activity table during Earthapoluzza. “This is my NHS [National Honor Society] project,” explained Alex, “bringing recycling awareness to the community.” Her project activity involved having the participants choose which items were recyclable.

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