My name is Jeeva Thaivalappil. I am a sophomore at Poolesville High School in its Global Ecology Program. I am involved in the “Bay Coalition” club at Poolesville (Class of 2017).
Last fall, we organized a meetup after school to place storm drain awareness stickers on storm drains in the town of Poolesville. The Global Ecology class of 2016 led by Ben Weishaar and Jennifer Dunn came up with the project. It started as an idea for a class presentation. But then Ben and Jennifer wanted to bring it to life, so they took the concept to us in the Bay Coalition.
Working with ACP International, we decided to order 45 storm drain stickers to place around the town of Poolesville. To pay for the project, Ben and Jennifer created a presentation for the Poolesville Town Commissioners in October. The Commissioners were blown away by the presentation and granted our request!
Storm drain awareness is very important. Labeling them helps raise awareness about littering, which can help prevent trash from ending up in streams, rivers, and even the Bay. I want to help educate people about this issue and prevent it. This project was a great opportunity for me to do so.
Last summer I also attended a CBF Student Leadership course at Fox Island and at the Karen Noonan Center, which were both eye-opening experiences about the condition of the Bay and how our little impacts can make a big difference. The courses inspired me to go make a positive impact on our environment.
I really enjoyed doing this project because it was a great opportunity to help spread awareness in my community. More people can learn from what we did and educate others. In the future I’d like to come up with my own service project to help spread awareness about our environment.
For more information about designing your own stickers for a storm drain awareness project visit: http://www.acpinternational.com/
-Jeeva Thaivalappil, Poolesville High School
Photos provided by Jeeva