Green is the way to be these days.
In that spirit the Christian Academy of Campbell County is starting its students off right by teaching them about the importance of recycling and conservation.
“The way we’re doing it is so it’s not so much a project, but a lifestyle,” said Christian Academy Headmaster Donny Poston.
Students at the academy are being taught the importance of environmental responsibility by recycling cans, bottles and paper they use on a day-to-day basis. Students have also been encouraged to bring paper and recyclables from home.
“Anything that we waste, we’re not being good stewards of God’s earth,” Poston said. He explained that being a good steward didn’t involve just being kind to one another, but also being kind to the things which God put into humanity’s possession to care for.
Each classroom has been given a recycling bin and the offices have them as well, according to Poston.
Every six weeks, the class that collects the most paper will receive an ice cream party and the teacher will receive a Wal-Mart gift card.
During the week of Aug. 10, the school collected 92-pounds of paper. The amount increased to 286 pounds during the week of Aug. 17.
“This is a great way for students to learn about recycling and we hope to continue to increase the amount of paper we can deliver to the Campbell County Recycling Center,” Poston said.
Poston said the children are responding well and really getting behind the effort.
“We hope to continue year after year so that it becomes second nature. We want to do it right so that it’s not a program anymore, but actually part of our everyday practice,” Poston said.
“We’ve got a lot to be proud of in this area and it’s good to start the children learning about the importance of stewardship and responsibility while they are young. We need to pick up where we mess up,” Poston said.