The Volunteer High School Environmental Club has organized an Earth Day event for more than 500 elementary students over the last four years. Contributed photo.
CHURCH HILL — Volunteer High School students are trying to set an example for the rest of the state on how to reduce the carbon footprint for a large campus.
This past year, the school's Environmental Club was responsible for recycling 17 tons of materials.
Since the VHS Environmental Club was founded four years ago, it has supervised the recycling of more than 77 tons of materials.
Foreign language teacher Nora Barton, who is the Environmental Club faculty adviser, said that as of the 2013-14 school year 98 percent of VHS classrooms, offices and work rooms were actively participating in recycling.
Starting the Environmental Club was the idea of former student Linda Tipton, who is now a student at the University of Tennessee.
"She came to me with the idea in 2009," Barton said. "She just felt there was a need to inform people about environmental conservation. She just wanted to educate people and to tell them this is our Earth. It's the only one we have, and let's take care of it."
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