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Environmental Club Looks Forward with Composting

Last semester, East’s Environmental Club joined the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), a national non-profit organization that promotes climate awareness and provides solutions to high schools.

They joined after the club’s leader, junior Ada Throckmorton, reached out to the ACE in December to help with the club. It turned out that one of their representatives, Jessie Fischer, was working in Kansas City.

Fischer gave them advice on how to better the composting program at East, which has already been recognized by the Kansas Green Schools Grant Program.

“Right now we’re just trying to focus on the composting program,” said sophomore club member Clara Ma. “We want it to be as best as it can be, but that can be really hard.”

The Environmental Club has faced problems with the composting program. Ma says that students haven’t been fully utilizing the composting program. Instead, they throw their trash away without paying attention to the different bins designed to conserve resources.

The advice from Fischer and the ACE will hopefully help further the composting program. The club is also working on the Prairie Village Earth Fair.

The Earth Fair will be on April 13 at East and features businesses, organizations and companies that come to show how they contribute to environmental protection. Admission is free, and there will be special events like used book fairs, movies and fashion shows.

“Now, it just feels like we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves and our community,” Ma said. “We’re part of a fight that has global as well as local implications, and that’s a great feeling.”

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