Gerard, an 8th grader in Grades of Green's Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program, has a passion for inspiring others to pack trash free lunches. He used Grades of Green's Trash Free Tuesdays Activity to help his school decrease lunchtime waste and inspire an entire student body to pack trash free. To encourage his peers to join Grades of Green's trash free movement, he hosted a booth at lunchtime where students could learn how to make reusable lunch pouches from fabric scraps. To motivate students to be trash free and sort their lunch properly, Gerard also opened a student store where green actions could be redeemed for fun prizes donated by local Long Beach municipalities and Grades of Green partners. The impact? Gerard's school reduced lunchtime waste significantly. Grades of Green schools who implement the Trash Free TuesdaysActivity see an average waste reduction of over 70%!
Feeling inspired by Gerard to create change? Apply for this year's Youth Corps program here or register your school here TODAY to bring Trash Free Tuesdays to your school or implement any other of Grades of Green's 40+ activities to start reducing waste, electricity, water, toxins, or emissions and start inspiring your school community to change eco-habits today!
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Before buying anything, try to make it a habit to ask yourself the very important question of whether you need it or not to limit compulsive shopping habits. Aside from being environmentally friendly, this also leaves you with money to spend on more important things. Remember that even small changes, when carried out together, will create a big impact on our planet.
Allysa Bassir was 22 years old when she started The Breakfast Club in 2015. She had been working in northern Ethiopia sharing the Gospel and educating on human trafficking in the rural villages. An Ethiopian friend had told her about starving kids in his town and knowing her heart for kids, asked her to help. just a couple days later 35 kids were being fed! Allysa is currently traveling back and forth from her home in Southern California to Ethiopia working on growing The Breakfast Club in hopes of providing hope for thousands of kids.