A team of Bellefontaine High School students Maddie Dailey, Kayli Fergus, Bailey Morales, Ben Sailor, Dustin VanBuskirk and Shelby Starkey recently were selected to attend the Teen Eco Summit at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
The two-day educational program drew about 150 teens from 20 schools last week. There was no cost to the school, but teams had to apply and be selected to attend.
The first day was a day of learning, with multiple speakers and presentations on environmental topics. For the second day, the students created a conservation action plan for their school and pitched the project to a panel of judges.
The BHS team developed a plan that includes the purchase of two bottle-filling drinking fountains. These fountains will dramatically reduce the number of disposable plastic bottles used in the school.
They also will conduct monthly activities, such as aluminum can recycling, ugly sweater contest to promote turning down the thermostat in the winter and an Earth Week in the spring.