Every St. Michael’s community member would have been proud this past Wednesday evening to see a group of our sixth graders present their concerns about plastics in the environment to the Newport City Council. Each student went up to the dais one at a time and spoke into the microphone facing the the full entourage of council members. They made clear their conviction that if we don’t begin addressing the issues of plastics in the environment now, their future and the future of their generation was at risk. The council members were clearly moved by their speeches and approved the initial phase of the ban discussion unanimously! Special thanks to their teachers Mimi Carrellas and Lauren Magruder who seized a wonderful opportunity to give our students real life, meaningful experiences. The students were all smiles afterwards, empowered by the reality that their voices made a difference.
The Newport Daily News covered the City Council meeting and featured our students in the article.
Austin explained how plastic coagulates into great floating “garbage patches” that cover large swaths of the oceans.”The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the size of Texas,” he said.