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Environmental Club has active year

Baker High School's Environmental Club was very active during the 2009-2010 academic year, participating in several activities to heighten awareness at the school of how students and staff can be better stewards of the environment.

The group obtained several hundred signatures, including those of students, teachers and administrators, on the Baker High School recycling pledge. They also focused on reducing the school's consumption of energy by encouraging staff members to leave shades open to reduce the need for lights, and to use chalk boards and white boards whenever possible instead of overhead projectors and computers.

For one week, the club promoted alternative means of transportation to school, such as biking, walking and carpooling. To encourage student and staff participation, club members set up a display that outlined the healthful and environmental benefits of biking.

The club also conducted a household battery collection, which was a success. They received about 150 pounds of batteries from students and staff, which they brought to an Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) collection site for safe disposal.

On April 17, the Environmental Club participated in OCRRA's Countywide Earth Day Clean Up. Twelve students cleaned in and around the area of Tannery Creek that runs along the Baldwinsville Central School District campus. They collected fifteen bags of trash, as well as twelve tires, eight oil drums and scrap metal.

As part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's School Seedling Program, students planted sixty tree seedlings on the Baldwinsville Central School District's campus. The trees will not only enhance the aesthetics of the campus, but they will provide food and shelter for wildlife, act as a natural wind breaker, and help with water drainage.

Baker High School Clean up 2010 -- Members of Baker High School's Environmental Club who participated in an Earth Day clean up are (left to right) Jennie Radicello, Kelly Novak, Alex Smith, Austin Noone, Erin Mounce, Mark Penhollow (advisor), Todd Lowe, Jennifer Hartle, Carl Miller, Niklas Kitzmann, Abby Williams, Molly Williams and Hannah Murphy.

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