The St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School Eco Club in Altamonte Springs is working hard to ensure the care of God’s creation.
The Eco Club is a group of fifth- through eighth-graders that do community service in order to help St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Altamonte Springs go green. They inform the student body about ecological awareness and tell them how they can live a greener life by recycling, among other things.
The club was founded by Michael, one of the school’s own students, in 2017. Currently there are fifteen members. It primarily consists of fifth- through seventh-graders and is run by middle school science teacher, Mrs. Karin Williamson. The members are constantly coordinating campus cleanups, planting trees on the grounds, and have begun recycling throughout the school. Eighteen homerooms currently have a recycling bin in their classrooms that are collected every Friday by an Eco Club member.
They also work in partnership with Grades of Green, an organization that helps local eco clubs perform projects to help the earth. The clubs are graded by Seminole County for their percentage of recycling, and they have yet to fail the expectations given to them.
“I think it’s a really positive thing for St. Mary Magdalen… It fosters eco awareness in the school,” said Mrs. Williamson when asked about her thoughts on the eco club.
But how is this tied to our faith? The real question is, how can’t we? God gave us our earth, telling us to respect His creations. The seventh theme of Catholic social teaching states, “God created us to be stewards, or caretakers, of his creation. We must care for and respect the environment. We have to protect it for future generations. When we care for creation, we show respect for God, the creator.” By establishing the Eco Club, students and faculty of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School have become stewards who contribute to better our world, and that is a tremendous thing.
NOTE: Eco club members go once a year to an organization called Clean the World in downtown Orlando. Pictured are club members helping recycle toiletries donated by hotels to third world countries that are in dire need of life saving hygiene products.
Article written by Tiffany, an eighth grade student at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Altamonte Springs.