The Salisbury School Green Club Earns the future Environmental Star Award
(Salisbury, MD) On Tuesday, February 14th representatives from Mountaire Farms and WMDT-TV presented The Salisbury School Green Club and its founder, Jessica Farlow, with the WMDT/Mountaire Farms Future Environmental Star Award. The young environmentalist has spear headed “go green” efforts at the small private school, helping launch the Terra-Cycle Program, the NIKE Reuse-A-Shoe program, the LED lighting initiative and even lead the process of getting The Salisbury School named a Maryland Certified Green School. The motivated sophomore may be the face of the club, but she is aided by several dozen students and administrators from all parts of the campus, including younger students from the lower school and middle school. On this tightly knit campus, it truly is a team effort.
Founded in the fall of 2011, the roots of the Green Club were planted many years before with the help of Lower School Administrative Assistant, Donna Haag. She introduced basic recycling programs in the Lower School and helped turn “Trash into Cash” through various programs involving printer cartridges, cell phones, plastics and other materials. In fact, her influence and guidance helped inspire Jessica Farlow to found the Green Club which has led to many more environmental programs at the school.
“Jessica is a real go-getter for only being a sophomore in high school. She’s done a lot and is well ahead of her peers. She’s very driven to protect the environment and makes sure she gets things finished.” – Donna Haag, Lower School Administrative Assistant
To date the Green Club has recycled over 300 pairs of shoes through the NIKE Reuse-A-Shoe program; has introduced LED lighting throughout most of the school saving thousands of dollars each year; and joined the Terra-Cycle Program which turns everyday trash into new, usable items. Each day club members collect and sort the trash coming from the school bins, being careful to place the items in the appropriate recycling containers. The Green Club’s efforts to improve led to the recent unveiling of “Waste Free Wednesday’s”. A program where students and staff who pack their lunch are encouraged to use reusable containers in order to reduce waste.
For these efforts The Salisbury School Green Club was honored with the WMDT/Mountaire Farms Future Environmental Star Award.
“Innovation, Imagination and leadership emanating from a high school sophomore is as unique in style and substance as the school that Jessica Farlow attends. From outward appearances The Salisbury School resembles something of a Star Wars creation. It’s futuristic design featuring circular windows, a domed entrance from the parking lot which drops into a semi-subterranean atmosphere and then as sharply as it descends downward jolts upward to a walkway, lined with no-lock lockers, metal and cinderblock walls, semi- open space classrooms, solar paneled roofs and the second floor library exposing students and teachers on the level below, deeply engrossed in their daily lesson plan.
Dedication to the school from Jessica, her classmates, the faculty and its administrating body is evident as you walk the neatly kept halls and converse with those who pass from class to class, eyeful of the environmental recycling programs posted on the walls and stationed in plastic receptacles; implementation that was spearheaded by Jessica who plans to further her Environmental Science studies at the college level.
There are those who like to begin clubs, etc., and then go on to something else. Jessica began the environmental career at her high school and is involving everyone. And she is doing it with the intent to continue her studies and interests in college and beyond.
That’s the science behind the science of education at The Salisbury School. Let the students suggest ideas, develop programs and then let them have at it to completion of the project.
Congratulations to Jessica Farlow and the entire Salisbury School for their Award-winning contribution to the Delmarva environment.” - Roger Marino, Comunication and Community-Relations Director Mountaire Farms.
About the Future Environmental Star Award:
The WMDT/MOUNTAIRE FUTURE ENVIRONMENTAL STAR OF THE MONTH AWARDis designed to honor local youth for their outstanding achievement in promoting environmentalism on Delmarva. Anyone in grades Kindergarten through 12th who is contributing to the advancement, promotion, awareness and improvement of our Delmarva environment is eligible for this unique television and Mountaire tribute. Winners are chosen from nominations sent to Roger Marino, Corporate Community Relations Director for Mountaire Farms, Inc, which must include a description of the environmental efforts, along with name, address, phone number and e-mail of the nominated individual. For more information on the program visit www.mountaire.com/environmentalstar/