St Paul High School Students Get Creative About Funding Waste Reduction: Dodging Climate Change…Literally!

Bryn (center) and YEA! MN students at 2013 Power Shift youth climate convergence
Bryn (center) and YEA! MN students at 2013 Power Shift youth climate convergence

On January 17, 2014, St.Paul Central High School’s environmental club, Roots and Shoots, hosted its 2nd annual Dodgeball Fundraiser at the nearby Jimmy Lee Recreation Center. Why a Dodgeball Tournament? It was a fun way for the Central community to get involved and support Roots and Shoots’ effort to raise enough money to install two hydration stations.

A hydration station is a water fountain that allows people to conveniently refill their reusable water containers. To effectively address climate change, it’s necessary to reduce waste. An excellent way to do this is to decrease people’s use of single-use plastic water bottles and increase their use of reusable water containers. By using a hydration station to refill their reusable water containers, people can help protect our environment, and they can also save money by drinking clean water that is readily available through public sources.

Unfortunately, although hydration stations provide many benefits, they can be very expensive to purchase: about $1,500 for both! But this fact did not deter the members of Roots and shoots from reaching their financial goal. That’s right. We successfully raised enough money to purchase and install two hydration stations by the end of this academic year!

It was so awesome to be able to reach our goal while having fun at the same time. The tournament was even pretty competitive, too! Many of the teams wanted rematches because of the narrow margins of their defeats. Congrats to the Team of Obssa Omar, Hassan Omar, Hussen Omar, Jafar Ahmed, and Duhl Billow for taking First Place! Roots and Shoots is very grateful to everyone who came out to support its fundraising efforts on a very cold, Friday afternoon. Special thanks go to South High School’s Green Tigers for coming all the way from Minneapolis to participate. We wouldn’t have been able to reach our goal without everyone’s support.

Bryn Shank is a Co-Chair of Youth Environmental Activists Minnesota (YEA! MN). A program of the Climate Generation, YEA! MN supports a network of high school environmental clubs working together across the Twin Cities Metro to empower student leadership on climate change solutions, facilitate shared skills and strategies, and take coordinated action at home, at school, and in the wider community.

Interested in trying this at your school?

Here’s a list of possible grants to fund hydration stations.

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