Dear dad and mom and mates of Brooklyn Preparatory Country Day Academy,
First of all, an enormous thank-you to all our volunteers from final night time’s “If It Ain’t Woke, Fix It!” fund-raiser. The occasion was completely inspiring, and, per your options across the drum circle, the administration will not be referring to our kids as college students. Children train us a lot day by day—in fact they need to be referred to as lecturers!
As your not too long ago elected Green Team President, I’m tremendous psyched to announce our Zero Waste initiative! As you already know, this 12 months our kids are studying about saving the planet, so we determined that, as dad and mom, we wanted to begin doing our half. Let’s all try collectively for zero waste.
If you’re sending your youngster to high school with lunch, please guarantee that nothing enters the constructing in any form of disposable packaging. All plastic might be confiscated, labelled together with your youngster’s identify, and added to the Pile of Shame within the play yard. As talked about final night time, the plastic Mile of Shame that we constructed final 12 months from Park Slope to Brooklyn Heights raised consciousness, but in addition disrupted visitors and created a flooding hazard (stemming from a clump of organic-granola-bar wrappers that received lodged in a sewer grate). Thankfully, our fearless P.T.A. management was capable of redirect funds from the year-end staff-appreciation items to pay the fantastic from the Department of Sanitation.
We all understand how a lot our kids love classroom celebrations, however, as of tomorrow, we are going to not be allowing any treats that require plates, forks, spoons, knives, cups, or napkins. You’d be amazed how rapidly kids can study to cup their fingers into somewhat bowl for sipping juice, and the way a lot they get pleasure from utilizing their forearms to wipe chocolate off their mouths. A huge shout-out to Mia’s dad, who has provided to provide the college with biodegradable punch bowls for the juice pressed from our courtyard’s crabapple tree, and an enormous due to Hugo’s mother for main the volunteer corps of Parent Ladlers, who might be utilizing their grownup fingers to serve the juice in all of our school rooms. Just consider all of the waste we might be eliminating through the use of our fingers for completely the whole lot!
After the premature passing of the third-grade classroom’s hamster, who ingested the recycled pencil shavings and shredded worksheets lining his cage (R.I.P., Mr. Snuggly!), we now have determined to fully remove business writing implements. Beginning subsequent week, no pencils or paper might be allowed in our school rooms. Instead, we might be supplying every workers member with a bucket of limestone chips and a pallet of slate boards to distribute in school. Our kids will really feel each empowered and highly effective once they proudly carry house their ten-pound homework packets!
I’m convulsing with pleasure as I announce our last Green Team initiative. Starting subsequent month, we’re instituting a zero-waste school-uniform coverage. Our P.T.A. co-president, who owns the Ascetic Aesthetic boutique, has provided to donate one-size-fits-all woollen tunics and upcycled burlap undergarments for the entire college! I can attest that they’re 100 per cent sustainable and lovable. I can’t wait to see the brand new uniforms featured prominently on this 12 months’s class pictures, which in fact might be saved by every of us in our thoughts’s eye, since we is not going to be hiring a photographer, in an effort to remove gigabytes of digital waste.
Thank you, everybody, in your enthusiasm and coöperation. I hope to see you and your treasured kids at tomorrow’s local weather strike. Remember, one of the simplest ways to attain zero waste is to not ship your youngster to high school in any respect!
Your Green Team President