The American Lakes School “Green Team” was honored last night by the Sacramento Parks & Recreation Commission for volunteer efforts by its dozens of students that have included:
1) Recycling about 8 tons of paper and cardboard from classrooms each year
2) Helping the school launch a cafeteria food waste diversion program several years ago
3) Participating in tree planting, park cleanup, and developing a school garden.
Former Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo, a Natomas resident, came to the commission meeting to thank and praise the Green Team’s participating 1st- through 7th-graders with comments that were simple, touching, and profound:
“I’m just really proud of all of you,” Fargo said. “I’m so pleased and comforted by the fact that you care about your community, your neighbors, your friends, your family, and Mother Earth herself. Not only do you care, but you’re willing to take action. It’s one thing to care, it’s another thing to actually step up and do something about it. So I just wanted to be here tonight to tell you how proud I am, on behalf of Natomas and everyone in the city.”
Pretty much says it all, no? You’re awesome, Green Team. We truly appreciate you!