By Cadence Campbell, freshman at Sentinel High School.
Originally published in Missoula Current, December 14, 2018.
Sentinel’s Eco Club was started in 2010 by a group of students with the purpose of making the school more ecologically conscious. In past years, the Eco Club has organized trash pickup days to clean the student parking lot and to help with recycling. The trash pickup was a way for Eco Club to reach out to the community by picking up trash from the parking lots as well as the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, they helped provide recycling bins for every classroom in the school and took a few hours each week to help the Special Education Department collect and recycle.
This year, they are hoping to expand their impact on their school and community. They are currently in the midst of multiple projects that will help achieve their goal. They are educating Sentinel’s student body on the impact they have on their school and community. They also want to lower the environmental impact the school is making on the planet.
One project that they are currently working on is to purchase insulated water bottles and donate them to as many students as possible. They are part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-School grant and were awarded $1,000 for the project….Eco Club co-president Maycee Nowlen says, “The project is a great opportunity for multiple groups at Sentinel to work together in the hopes of reducing our waste.”