Students in the Green Effect club at Ridgefield High School are determined to help save our planet one step at a time. Their accomplishments include conserving electricity by having teachers turn off half of their classroom lights. To promote earth-friendly venues of transportation, the club purchased bike racks for their school.
With the help of Greening Forward, the club built a community garden. Students also planned recycling projects to promote environmental awareness on campus.
Samantha Holmes was president of Ridgefield High School’s Green Effect club. Previously, as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador—an honor awarded by the Festival of Children Foundation and Youth Service America—Samantha initiated a project in her home state of Connecticut, which struggles with prevalent Lyme disease. Samantha chose to develop a comprehensive outdoor education curriculum focusing on disease prevention. She gave presentations and led informational nature hikes. She also wrote to her local legislators about the threat of Lyme disease to young children in Connecticut, and spoke to national lawmakers on Capitol Hill on the prevalence of Lyme disease in the Northeast region. For this work, she received a letter of commendation from Senator Blumenthal (D-CT).
|2012||$1,000||Youth Service America||To facilitate a Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) project|
|2012||$350||Youth Service America||To build a community garden|