JFK goes green

Students made a Christmas tree and angel entirely out of recycled materials.

With a nod to John F. Kennedy’s school colors, green and white, JFK continues to go green. Three summers ago, a library renovation project resulted in the installation of a geo-thermal heating and air conditioning system for the media center and an adjacent classroom. Atwell Heating and Air Conditioning, Brus Construction and Yates Electrical Company jointly donated the system.

This year’s efforts are focusing on recycling efforts. Recycling containers have been placed throughout the building, making recycling a convenient option for students and staff. Students have been decorating recycling containers, which are actually the old paper supply boxes, and collect the materials on a regular basis. The recycled materials are taken to Scott County recycling centers by staff members. Funds redeemed from recycling aluminum cans and plastics are donated to “Tips for Troops,” an ongoing effort to support military families here and abroad.

Recycling is a large part of the art program. Recycled materials donated by parents and parish members add to the innovation of students’ work. Students, for example, created a Christmas tree entirely out of recycled materials. They also transformed empty toilet tissue rolls and plastic bottles into Advent wreaths. Kary Maes, one of JFK’s custodians, claims that JFK’s recycling efforts have cut the volume of trash in half.

JFK also uses environmentally friendly cleaning products when possible and refills or recycles printer cartridges in its effort to go green.


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