Just another way that the Jesuit Middle School of Omaha is in the news! This article is available in the GO! section of the Omaha World-Herald, April 17, 2008 edition, Page J12.
Planet Earth’s Top Helpers
The Earth Day Omaha Coalition honors individuals and businesses that practice the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle.
By Rhonda Stansberry
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Mike Mansour, far right, and 15 boys in his sixth-grade class at Jesuit Middle School are working together to help the environment. In the bottom row are, from left, Majeric Ashley, Khalil Grant, Nathaniel Williams, James Scott, Jermaine Suggs and Tony Thomas. In the top row are, from left, Tyler Franklin, Jaaron Warren, DeAngelo Peak, Ronnie Blue, Jared Bonner, Cameron Gregory, Brian Mills, Erick Cortez and Kevin Shelton.
Mike Mansour and his sixth-grade class are teaching others how easy it is to learn the three R’s — reduce, reuse and recycle. Taking on a variety of environmental issues, Mansour and 15 boys from Jesuit Middle School created a story about a Green Monkey who battles the polluter, Orange Tiger.
They put the characters on a Web site, www.GreenMonkeySchools.com. And they visit other schools and area businesses to urge people to cut paper use, trim power use and use only natural light during the brightest part of the day.
Mansour will receive the Friend of the Environment award in the individual category at this year’s Earth Day celebration, running from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday in Elmwood Park. The Friend of the Environment awards presentation at 3 p.m. Saturday is among a long lineup of Earth Day Omaha events.
HDR will receive the Friend of the Environment award in the business category. The Omaha-based company runs sustainability programs for 6,000 employees and projects at 150 offices.
HDR has taken on alternative-energy construction projects and works to limit the company’s effect on the environment in its offices. Because HDR is a large corporation, its positive impact on the environment is notable.
Musical acts and speakers take the main stage at the park starting at noon. The rain location is Lewis and Clark Middle School, 6901 Burt St. The Earth Day Omaha Coalition, celebrating its 17th year, has lined up more than 60 businesses and not-for-profit groups that will be represented, said co-chairman Brian Smith. Food and beverages will be available.
Volunteers will participate Saturday morning in Power of One service projects, including tree-planting and clean-up sessions. The goal is to complete 2,000 hours of service in one day, said Cammy Watkins of the Sierra Club. That group’s volunteers will distribute energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs in some neighborhoods.
Other organizations conducting service projects this weekend are: Audubon Society of Omaha, Re-Tree Nebraska, Keep Omaha Beautiful, Elmwood Adopt-a-Park, City Sprouts, Lauritzen Gardens and Green Sanctuary from First Unitarian Church.
The Earth Day Omaha Coalition will announce at 1 p.m. the number of volunteer hours completed. An information booth will be located near the main stage. For more information, call 551-9480. Metro Rideshare, at www.MetroRideshare.org, will provide car-pool service to the celebration.