Church celebrates Earth Day

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Photographed by a bench the youngsters from People’s Presbyterian Church had made by recycling plastic materials to celebrate Earth Day are (b) Victoria Heeringa and Amanda Clarke. (m) Reese Rupert, Jaidyn Fital, Camron Heeringa, Ryan Heeringa, Alexandra Freeman, Roman Bell and Katie Bell. (f) Madisyn Sperry and Max Freeman.

By Joyce Ervin

Youth at People’s Presbyterian Church recently skipped sitting in the pews and instead tried out the new bench that sets in the narthex.  
To celebrate Earth Day 2016 they began collecting plastic caps and lids and ended the collection in time to celebrate Earth Day 2018 as proud owners of a six-foot long, rainbow-colored bench, a red step stool and an orange flower pot.
 With the help of the congregation, 500 pounds of plastic lids that entailed collecting, cleaning, sorting and weighing resulted in an educational lesson.  Mentor and parishioner, Carole London said, “It was a child-driven program that teaches about our environment.”
London said an added bonus to enjoying the bench is a reminder to all that 500 pounds of plastic will be saved from our landfills and waterways, as well as, teaching how to live green.
The program originated when six eighth-grade students entered a nation-wide academic competition in community problem solving involving recycling.  They developed the ABC Program that means, A-Bench for Caps. There are now 3,000 organizations participating in this program totaling delivering 57,033,450 caps to Green Tree Plastics.
London said the bench is the only one of its kind in Milan.  A silver plaque explaining how the bench was made will be affixed shortly.   London is encouraging the congregation to continue collecting so they can help out the United Church of Christ of Saline, who was so impressed with the project they have adopted it.  London said, “Good news travels fast.”
For information on Green Tree Plastics, visit www.greentreeplastics.com.

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