The Cleveland High School Environmental Club has been recognized by a local civic association for members’ efforts in protecting the environment.
The Woodmen of the World Chapter 16 presented the organization’s Conservation Award to the students during a recent ceremony.
“As a fraternal benefit society, our mission grows out of a commitment to providing for the future of our families,” said W.W. Johnson, chapter president. “Conservation grows from the idea of providing for the future of the Earth. Both ideals share a commitment to service, stewardship and accountability. Presenting a conservation award is a natural for us.”
The award was presented by Joyce Johnson representing the Woodmen of the World.
“I am just so proud of the things you do for out environment,” Johnson said. “I think that’s what we really need to have done. To have you young people starting out like you are, you’re going to have your parents doing it and everybody else.”
The award is inscribed with the quote: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Members of the club were also awarded with an ice cream party supplied by the Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful organization for successful efforts in recycling.
“Cleveland High School just ran off in the totals of the recycling challenge,” said KAB Executive Director Joanne Maskew.
The CHS students recycled a total of 1,800 pounds of materials during the challenge.
Jeannie Cuervo, CHS biology instructor, is one of the sponsors of the club.
“We are certainly happy and honored,” Cuervo said.
She said the club recycles throughout the entire high school building.
“That’s a pretty massive job,” Cuervo said. “That includes the cafeteria. We recycle all the cardboard from the cafeteria, the paper from all the classrooms and cans and bottles.”
She said there are classes during the day who pick up around the school once a week.
The club meets once a week when the materials are sorted in their proper categories for recycling.
“We also work on energy conservation throughout the building,” Cuervo said. “We ask teachers to turn off the lights and students to turn their computer monitors off.”
She said the club also provides contact florescent bulbs and power strips to prevent the use of phantom loads from their electronics.
“We have also had a long-term effort with Mouse Creek and worked on restoration efforts. We also do two stream cleanups per year,” she said.
“These are hardworking kids, and I’m very proud of them,” Cuervo said.
CHS instructors Andi Wendorf, Quay Morgan, Laura Gheesling and Anita Brown are also sponsors of the club.