Franklin High School Joins the City of Elk Grove in New Partnership to Spread Awareness of the Environmental Impact of Plastic Use
ELK GROVE, Calif. – March 21, 2019 – The Franklin High School Plastics Club is partnering with the City of Elk Grove to challenge residents to reduce waste by recycling markers. According to the National Geographic, 8.3 billion metric tons of disposable plastic products has been produced globally over the last 60 years with only nine percent being recycled throughout the nation since 2012. Understanding the need and importance to recycle, the Plastics Club encourages the community to do their part by dropping off used markers at designated drop-off bins at the Elk Grove City Hall to minimize the amount of plastic in landfills and oceans each year.
With the goal of awareness about the importance of recycling plastic, the Plastics Club also is partnering with Crayola Colorcycle to recycle the plastic components. Crayola will re-use the marker ink cores converting them into fuel. During previous school years, the Plastics Club worked with the school cafeteria to replace using styrofoam cups with compostable cups and donated funds to pay for the installation of a water filling station in 2015, which has saved over 100,000 water cups.
Delighted by the club’s recent partnership with the City, Franklin High School principal Chantelle Albiani said, “As educators, we strive to provide our students with high-quality instruction with the goal of preparing them for college, career and life. I am proud of this group of students and staff members for not only launching a campus-wide effort to reduce plastic waste the last few schools years but expanding its reach throughout the City of Elk Grove. I look forward to watching the continued growth and expansion of a more sustainable campus. I cannot wait to see what this group of passionate educators and students will do in the future!”
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.
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