On December 3, 2008 the students at Alain L. Locke – P.S. 208 launched Harlem’s first elementary school environmental club.
With the help of an exceptional young “green-preneur” who traveled all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas with a passionate “go green” message . The message was all the more inspiring because the young lady delivering it was not much older than our students.
Twelve-year old Riley Hoffer is the Founder of CG Kidz, a program devoted to fostering green living practices among kids. The program was created as part of the community outreach of eco-friendly bottle maker CynerGreen.com.
By the end of the day, we were not only able to share environmentally-friendly tips with our families at home, with tips like taking briefer showers and avoiding keeping the refrigerator door open for too long. We were were also able to see firsthand the impact that children can have in helping to save the planet.
Aside from our 6th-grade guest of honor and keynote speaker, on hand to mark the event was Evette Zayas, Chief of Staff to New York State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell, IV.
A partnership with Maryland’s first certified eco-friendly elementary school, Gibson Island Country School in Pasadena, Maryland, was also established for mentoring and curriculum materials.
This is the curriculum that set the pace for the events our club participated in during the 2008 — 2009 school year. In addition to taking away the literal earth-changing message of environmental responsibility, each student left Wednesday’s presentation with a “green gift” of a BPA-free stainless steel CG Kidz reusable water bottle.
See video coverage of Riley’s visit on CBS.com