Environmental Club Update

Annie Frost, Reporter

One of Sehome’s many after-school clubs is Environmental Club, which is dedicated to strengthening our school’s connection with the environment and encouraging sustainable practices. The club is advised by Amy Hankinson, one of Sehome’s science teachers. Ms. Hankinson describes the club as a way for members of the Sehome community to appreciate and help out the environment. For years the club has been participating in climate events, including the Padilla Bay Climate Summit, as well as finding ways to make our school more ecologically conscious.

Grace Vander Griend (12) joined environmental club because she had found a strong appreciation for the environment and wanted to find a way to play an active role in protecting it. Vander Griend says the club is usually busy working on projects, and their current project is a waste audit at Sehome. She says, “The waste audit we’re doing is where we sort through Sehome’s waste to see how accurate we are with our waste disposal, like our recycling and trash. Then we’re going to make a video to demonstrate to the school and encourage proper waste disposal.” Vander Greind says that she was very excited about how many people showed interest in the club this year, saying, “70 people actually signed up this year which was very encouraging to see how many people are interested in protecting the environment and getting involved.” She encourages anyone interested to talk to the club leaders or advisor and see if they like it, as the club is always welcome to new members.