Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
Earth Day at P.S. 208
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Nine-year-old Katrina Freeman made a doll out of a plastic water bottle. She attached some hair and a dress made of paper. She says she tries not to use water bottles any more.
FREEMAN: My dad, he still buys them, but I tell him every single day when he buys them, you cannot buy those! They're bad, you cannot do that!
P.S. 208 Principal Susan Green says the students use stainless steel water bottles that were donated to her school. They also started an environmental club.
GREEN: They're being conscientious about turning lights off, and even speaking to teachers about it. In the classroom, they're holding one another accountable about separating trash from papers as far as recycle bin versus trash cans are concerned.
The students are also helping a rain forest project by collecting spare change.