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Catholic School Teaches Care For God’s Creation

We teach our children to care for creation through a Zero Waste Day, a recycling and compost program, and education about our responsibility as stewards of God's creation. Our school, St. Columban School, in Loveland, OH, teaches our children that caring for God’s creation is an important part of living the values of Catholic social teaching.  As “first teachers” and models for their children, a group of parents, concerned by the amount of daily trash generated by our 650 students, formed “The Green Team”  a few years ago.  Their first undertaking was to begin recycling of paper in all the classrooms.  Our 7th grade teacher helped implement this endeavor by supervising the 7th grade students each Friday in collecting paper from every classroom and school office.  Next they took on the issue of cafeteria waste, developing a recycling line where students can recycle or compost everything from juice pouches to meal trays.  Children from each grade serve as “green keepers” to monitor and help their classmates recycle and compost correctly.  After the annual Zero Waste Day, students who have fully participated are eligible to be crowned as King and Queen of the Green.  Through the Green Team activities, students faithfully live out the Catholic social teaching principle of Care for God’s creation and reflect on their responsibility to society.