Jemicy classrooms are multi-use spaces. They are places for learning, eating, socializing, building, playing, and exploring, making it a constant challenge to keep these environments clean and healthy for all of us.
In addition to being our primary recycling agents, the Star Group team has taken on the challenge of helping to switch from the use of chemical wipes to a new system. Each homeroom now uses a set of washcloths and environmentally friendly cleaner to wipe down tables after snack and lunch, which are then laundered weekly by faculty volunteers. Many thanks to Star Group and all of the homerooms that have adopted these new cleaning practices!
Along with being responsible stewards of our own campus, Jemicy encourages our community to help maintain the health of the larger watershed. Last spring a group of Jemicy folk – teachers, students, and their families – gathered for a Litter Blitz to collect trash along Herbert Run in Ellicott City.
Many of the same energetic group and several new participants showed up this fall weekend to tackle a new section of the Patapsco that is prone to dumping. Under the guidance of Patapsco Heritage Greenway organizers, volunteers filled dozens of large bags with both trash and recyclables from the stream banks, while numerous tires were hauled out of the river itself.
You just never know what you’re going to find…
We look forward to our next stream-cleaning event!
Jemicy’s single-stream recycling program accepts the bulk of our paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass. However, there are other many items that it cannot handle, such as most commercial packaging from school lunches. Fortunately, a company called TerraCycle provides the means to dispose of these items responsibly through their free recycling program. Jemicy middle school students completed surveys to find out which TerraCycle items they would be most likely to recycle.
Juice pouches and chip bags were the top choices, so these are now deposited in designated bins in the lunchroom.
So far this effort is proving very successful at keeping these recyclables out of the trash dumpster, and we hope to expand this program to the lower school soon.