UNION, NJ – One of the areas Connecticut Farms Elementary School’s 4th grade Student Council focuses on is identifying ways to improve their school.

This year, the Student Council proposed a plan to implement a recycling program in the school.  On Wednesday, members of the Council presented the proposal to several members of the district's administration.

Students conducted research, brainstormed ideas, and created a PowerPoint presentation to inspire and encourage Connecticut Farms to begin recycling. According to Connecticut Farms School Counselor Jennifer Parkhurst, the students devoted a lot of time to the project, working on it at home and during their lunch and recess time.

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Jordyn Gobern, Student Council Vice President, said she was excited about this project because "recycling is important and this could really help our community. I think it's important to teach both kids and adults to respect our environment."  

Parkhurst and Olga Korzen, Student Council co-advisors, said they hope this will prove to be a valuable learning experience for these students; how to identify a problem or area of need and then brainstorm possible solutions.  “We hope this experience inspires them as they move on from Connecticut Farms School next year, to serve as leaders and realize that they can make positive changes in their schools and communities.”