Which school could prompt the most students to commute to school via alternative, green modes of transportation (bikes, scooter, walking etc.)? That was the idea behind the competition this morning, part of an Earth Day Challenge staged between Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep. When the results are tabulated, Menlo was the “winner” with 58% participation versus 35% at SHP. It will be presented with a trophy by SHP, which will also donate a tree in the winner’s name to Canopy, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to planting and protecting trees along neighborhood streets.
“We’re committed to be stewards of our environment and to encourage environmental awareness in our young people,” said Reid Particelli, co-director of Service Learning at Sacred Heart Prep. “The Earth Day Challenge with Menlo School is an opportunity to positively harness the competitive spirit between the schools for the benefit of our environment and community.”
While it was hard to be in two places at once — both schools began the day at 8:00 this morning — we did spot teen girls locking up their bikes at Menlo and a Sacred Heart Prep student coming to campus on his free line skates.