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Schalmont environmental club prepares for planting season

"I joined the Environmental Club to help the environment," said Lauren Dunham, a sixth-grader at Draper Middle School and a member of the Environmental Club.

She plans to use the mint that she propagated for sauces after she has planted it in the spring. Her favorite activity is recycling.

However, the Environmental Club does more than just recycle to improve the school's grounds and how it runs.

"We did a flower garden once on the other side of the campus, but it was a little hard to keep watered," said Lasky. "We're looking at possibly doing something in our courtyard right here in the middle of our school. We'd like to keep working on that."

The morning announcements the students make "remind kids to recycle and to give the kid hints on ways that they can be good stewards of the land and recycle," said Lasky.

The Environmental Club is currently working on getting Styrofoam trays out of the cafeterias, but right now it's slightly "cost-prohibitive."

Lasky said she also wants to work on public outreach by having kids send letters to the editors in terms of recycling and conservation.

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