With 39 schools in the District, there are a lot of different colors of school pride in Yonkers. But the District's 26,000 students have united around just one since the start of this school year: green.
Foxfire School showed its environmental pride when it launched a green initiative on October 18. The school-wide campaign trains students to use proper recycling containers including cardboard, commingled and compost bins to reduce waste and increase reuse. The program has helped transform the students into the next generation of stewards for the environment by educating them about the benefits and importance of recycling.
Superintendent of Schools Bernard P. Pierorazio as well as Mayor Mike Spano and other local dignitaries attended the event, praising the eco-friendly student artwork and original poetry on display that captured the value of being environmentally conscientious.
"Our students are the next caretakers of the planet. It is imperative that we afford them the opportunity to learn about the best ways to care for the planet so that future generations can continue to enjoy the resources we have today," Superintendent Pierorazio said.
Cross Hill Academy and Paideia School 15 also showed "green pride" with their own building-based recycling programs. At Paideia 15, fifth and sixth grade students decorated recycling bins and then placed the bins in every classroom, educating both young and old about the importance of recycling and conserving. Cross-Hill students designed posters, bins and recycling signs that were posted throughout the school. The signs guided students to the recycling containers, and the posters educated the youngsters about how recycled products are reused.
The school year may start during a season known for many colors, but Yonkers school children have shown that the most important color to them is green. With environmental programs running throughout the District, students are showing they can make a difference in our world.