De La Salle is named a Green School

WARREN, Mich. – For many years, De La Salle Collegiate has been recognized as a Green School by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. 

This year is no exception. 
In April, De La Salle science teacher Nina Jacks received the official notification with an emailed certificate noting the school’s significant contributions to the conservation and preservation of the environment.
“It’s great that the De La Salle community has been able to keep up all these years with recycling efforts,” said Jacks, who is the moderator the school’s Students Against Vandalizing the Environment Club. 
Seniors Matthew Nguyen, Michael Kafoury, and Justin Desmet were active in the organization – otherwise known as the SAVE Club – and completed an eight-page application that they submitted in February. 
“They were pretty motivated, and led the effort to complete the application and continue getting this recognition,” Jacks said. “We did things we typically do, such as recycling bins in each classroom and office. We also have a cell phone recycling bin, and the cafeteria uses biodegradable plates.” 
Along with recycling bins, SAVE maintains a website and bulletin board about their efforts, and alerts families to recycling events via the weekly parent newsletter.
Jacks encourages all of her students to be creative in their green efforts. 
“It all depends on the students and their interests,” she said. “The SAVE Club gives them an opportunity to practice leadership skills.” 
Other teachers in the Science Department also include green lessons, such as Jackie Van Thomme’s annual field trip for students to learn about the impact of invasive species.  
Though, Jacks said the group wasn’t able to schedule the annual electronics recycling event in January, but hopes the students will organize one again during the 2020-21 academic year. 
“Typical Christmas presents now include some new electronics, so January has been a good time to recycle those old devices,” Jacks said. 

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