Photo: Anna Brooks–a 4th grader at Piney Branch ES and a member of
the Young Activist Club–shows off her scary Halloween costume:
Styrofoam! (photo by Julie Wiatt)
On Monday, November 8, the Montgomery County Civic Federation will present the ‘Community Hero Award’ to the Young Activist Club of Piney Branch Elementary School.
The Young Activist Club has been lobbying for the elimination of polystyrene products in their school. They have raised money to support a pilot project to replace polystyrene lunch trays with washable trays. If accepted by the Montgomery County Board of Education, the program will be a test to see if the change can save the school system money and improve the environment and health of the students.
On November 4, the Piney Branch PTA voted in favor of the goals of the Young Activist Club. However, the Board of Education has not budged. Yet.
Despite the obstinance of the school system, the club has already persuaded the City of Takoma Park to eliminate polystyrene from city events.