LA GRANGE – Lyons Township High School kicked off its Earth Week activities Monday with a Recycled Art Contest, the first of a series of events throughout the week.
For the contest, students and staff were encouraged to make art that promotes the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. All submissions were required to be made of at least 75 percent reused material. Submissions will be on display during lunch periods, and students can vote for their favorite piece.
An Unknown Recyclables Drive will take place on Tuesday, April 16. Students, staff and community members are encouraged to bring in batteries, old cell phones, and ink cartridges to either the South Campus or North Campus Main Office to be recycled.
Krispy Kreme donuts will be available for sale Wednesday, April 17, during lunch periods with all proceeds being donated to the Alliance for the Great Lakes Charity. Donuts will be two for $1.
In addition, the Recycling Club, which sponsors the week, has scheduled a Trading Post on Thursday, April 18, during lunch hours. The Trading Post is an event meant to promote “reuse.” Students are asked to bring something from home of nominal value that is in good working condition but that they no longer want. They can turn it in to club sponsor Tom Swiontek, who will give students an Earth Buck in exchange for each item. At lunch on Thursday, students can spend their Earth Bucks to “buy” one of the donated items. Students are encouraged to bring items such as books, CDs, DVDs and t-shirts.
On Friday, all of LTHS is encouraged to wear green in honor of Earth Week.
Finally, Recycling Club members and any other interested students or staff are invited to join the Earth Day celebration at McCormick Woods from 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday, April 20 at the northeast corner of First and 31st avenues in Riverside, to help pull brush and invasive weeds, such as garlic mustard.