Be Inspired by this Middle School

Children Learn More When Inspired

It’s a universal truth that people excel when they follow through on what inspires them. In this day and age, many middle and high school teachers will tell stories about how difficult it is to teach their students. One teacher who does not deal with this dilemma is David Schott.

David Schott teaches language arts, drama and religion at the San Antonio middle school named after St. Margaret Mary. Given his subjects, it would not be saying much that part of Schott’s mission is to inspire his star pupils. A recent honor for the school suggests that he has.

Why Schools Recycle

There is no better time than now to make junior, middle and high school kids aware of the pitfalls and dangers of global warming, climate change and its associated environmental degradation. After all, it is their future that is at stake. It is also no surprise that in many suburban household kids know more about this stuff than their parents.

Global warming and climate change is part of the curriculum for some schools. There is also a saying in business that with risk comes reward. Many schools, government funded or private, are hard-pressed to find their own ways of funding their education and special projects that privileged schools take for granted.

Dangling the Money Carrot

Recycling as a funding initiative has become a popular and necessary theme for some schools. This entrepreneurial spirit has already been perfected by the hundreds of homeless people across America and elsewhere in the world. It does two things well; raise much needed capital and clean the streets and surrounding environment.

St. Margaret Mary’s School is one school motivated by capitalism and environmental care. All it took was for them to collect over ten thousand shiny drink pouches used for everyday essentials such as beverages for school lunches. These pouches are collected, packed and sent to TerraCycle, a waste recycling company which specializes in processing non-recyclable waste.

The TerraCycle Initiative

TerraCycle sponsored the school kids’ efforts. The Catholic school children have collected enough rubbish and helped clean their environment to raise funds which have been used towards field trips, art supplies and other school essentials.

The St. Margaret Mary Catholic School recycling mission was fondly christened the Drink Pouch Brigade. Since 2007, over 4 million dollars have been raised to fund a number of charity programs purely through collecting and recycling over two hundred million drink pouches.  

Is There a Ghost in the House?

David Schott, has been lead actor in this award-winning drive for over two years. He was about to launch a performance of “Is There a Ghost in the House” when he heard of the children’s mammoth achievement.

David Schott is a modest man. When asked to comment on the school’s successful collection of thousands of drink pouches, all he had to say was this; “I just make sure they don’t get into the garbage can. It’s no big deal.”

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