Letter: High school should be recyclingMr. Chris Sheehan, the new agriculture teacher at the high school, started a program where students could recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
By: Emily Clerico, Red Wing, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
Mr. Chris Sheehan, the new agriculture teacher at the high school, started a program where students could recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans. The school never did this before, so it was a nice change.
The students created boxes for the bottles and cans, placed them in each room of the school and emptied them at least once a week. This program ran from early October just up until a couple weeks ago.
Our principal and janitor went around the school and took away every box that was placed in the classrooms. Their reasoning was: “It gave students the impression that they could bring colored drinks to class.”
Truth is, students bring colored drinks to class anyway and always have. So why not keep recycling the bottles and do some good with it?
Teachers are the majority to put cans and bottles into the boxes. They have a soda machine in the teachers’ lounge and I see them with them almost all of the school day.
The students and Mr. Sheehan were not very happy when they received the news about not being able to recycle anymore.
We should keep recycling and maybe pay more attention to the students in the hallways bringing drinks to class. It’s not the earth’s fault that people turn a blind eye to students.