Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman spoke with over 500 students from the Sousa Elementary School as a part of North Hempstead’s month-long Earth Day celebration on April 22.
Educating students on the importance of preserving our environment, Supervisor Kaiman also introduced the grocery bag project, encouraging students to decorate paper grocery bags with environmentally-themed artwork. As part of this national initiative, local grocery stores donate large paper grocery bags, giving students a canvas on which they are encouraged to decorate with environmentally-themed artwork and or messages. Supervisor Kaiman also went outside with the children and lit a birthday cake for the earth.
Sousa Elementary is part of North Hempstead’s School Recycling Program which since its implementation five years ago has recycled an average of 1,600 tons of paper and 400 tons of commingled recyclables. In addition 60 tons of electronic waste and 2 tons of bottle caps have been collected. 40,000 students currently take part in this program.