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New club adds some green to Scecina

Sophomore Alexandra Marshall's (front) research project for her Scecina biology class led to the creation of an environmental club called Red and Gold Going Green.

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications 

If you’re a Scecina student with a hobby or passion that’s not among the current lineup of activities, you can do what sophomore Alexandra Marshall did: Create your own club. 

Alex’s passion for the health of our Earth was the driving force behind the Red and Gold Going Green Club. Red and Gold, of course, refers to Scecina’s colors and the “Green” is for the environment. The club also helps Scecina students take to heart Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si and his call for religion to take a lead protecting our earthly home. 

Alex, who attended St. Simon Catholic School, also is a cheerleader, plays outfield for the Crusaders softball team, runs cross country and is involved Students Ambassadors and Academic Super Bowl. She also is a President’s Academic Excellence Award winner. The Marshalls have been a host family for a French exchange student at Scecina. 

“I’ve just always grown up spending time outside,” Alex said about her passion for the environment “I appreciate the earth and God’s beauty. As of right now, it’s our only home so we should take care of it.” Alex said the idea also came from a biology project in Mr. Matt Black’s biology class about how students could make Scecina more green. 

First, Alex had to prove she could create a real club. She did her homework. 

“I had to contact administrators and I had to have ideas for the club and find other kids who were interested,” she said. She found nine other students. 

Their club was then approved in the summer of 2016, before school started. 

The club meets most Friday mornings before school. Members recently finished a t-shirt fundraiser and are generating ideas about how to use the money. 

With the Red and Gold Going Green, Scecina was able to boost its recycling efforts. 

Alex and the group obtained recycling bins. Now, after sporting events, especially in the gymnasium, they go around picking up trash and finding soda and water bottles to recycle. Scecina does have a large outside bin where the students can add the items to be recycling. Alex’s parents, Amy and Jeff Marshall, often helped with the after-game recycling work. Another project is obtaining and caring for green houseplants to grace Scecina’s classrooms. 

“The students go around and care for the plants, and make sure they’re healthy,” Alex explained. “The plants help clean the air, which boosts the productivity of teachers and students.” Mr. Black is the club moderator. 

“The Red and Gold Going Green club is vital for the Scecina community,” said Mr. Black. “This was started by Alex Marshall after a research project she did in my Biology class. It was something she was passionate about and she was already doing at home that she wanted to bring to Scecina.” He said the club has been focused on getting Scecina to be more conscious of what it considers waste and what is recyclable. 

“We are working on getting recycling bins for the cafeteria next year so we can recycle every day during lunch,” he said. “Besides recycling the group has been working on making the school literally more green. We have been finding unwanted house plants and nurturing them back to health and placing them around the school to bring nature to the everyday lives of students as well as producing fresh air for the building.” 

Alex wants to plant a pollination garden at Scecina to create a habitat for bees and butterflies. 

“We wouldn’t have a lot of the food if not for the bees and butterflies, and their habitats are being destroyed so their numbers are going down,” she said. 

“Everyone can do their part. By planting plants they can feed on, you can provide a habitat for them.” 

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