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Budding Eco-Entrepreneurs at Westchester Senior High School

eco-entrepreneurs westchester high school

Today, children are made aware of ways to protect the environment. Schools are taking the initiative to teach their children a thing or two about how they can help bring about environmental sustainability. Apart from encouraging them to use reusable bags, they are also teaching them about seed papers and other eco-friendly items. With this kind of encouragement, students in some schools are considering starting their own environmentally friendly ventures in the future.

Westchester Senior High School, CA Green Initiative

Students at Westchester Senior High School, California have started an eco-friendly business called The Green Comets, Inc. It was started in November 2011. The company has been established by the department of Special Education in the school. Students of the department have actively taken part in making the launch of this business a success. The staffs here have been known for the different kinds of green initiatives they have taken along with their students in the past few years.

The department has been actively promoting recycling activities that are aimed at making the environment cleaner. Some students that have been a part of this department, Kamron Portier, Lonzorod Record, Alma Belasco, Najai Lowe, Isaac Jones and Joshua Erenmark along with their teachers have brought the business forward. They have taken a step ahead in making the business a success. Besides recycling, it is now involved in promoting reusable items. They are selling reusable bags that are handmade. You can use them for your grocery shopping. Students take part in other kinds of activities like collecting plastic bottles to recycle them, working on making grocery bags and washing aluminum cans, etc. They scour the entire school premises to collect recyclable items. These kinds of activities are aimed at increasing the environmental consciousness of the student body.

What the Westchester Students Have to Say interviewed Joy Bukhardt, a teacher at the department and Alma Belasco, a student representative of the company last week. They found out that the students have a “system” in place that helps them run the business. They make the promotional reusable bags themselves. First, a paper bag pattern is traced on the fabric using chalk. Then, the pattern is cut out with sewing scissors. The patterns are then sewed together and reusable labels are added to them. The labels are made from cereal boxes. The company got an opportunity to sell the products recently. Their reusable bags were sold at ‘build a garden, grow a community’ event that was held in Westchester. The students got to display their business skills in the event where they advertised the products of The Green Comet, Inc to their prospective customers and carried out business transactions with them. This event helped them to gain public exposure.

What the Future holds for The Green Comet, Inc

The company is still in its initial stages of growth according to the students. They are aiming at making the company a success. Also, they are expecting a boom in their business in the near future. Many patterns of reusable bags are sold by the company at $5. The bags are not only environmentally friendly, they are also stylish. The company is open to business transactions and you can buy from them anytime you want.

20 responses to “Budding Eco-Entrepreneurs at Westchester Senior High School”

  1. I haven’t attended school in years nor do I have any children attending school, thus, I would not be privy to just how green the education is these days, but It’s good to know that the youth is being educated more than ever about the environment. To think that students have started an actual, real world business that promotes eco friendly projects is impressive indeed. It’s great that the company they formed is competing against plastic bag manufacturers.

  2. This is sort of reminiscent of how high school or college students in a business or economics class form a widget company and go through the entire process, from start up to growing and promoting the business and charting the sales and overall growth (or death) of the company. The only difference is that in the case of these Westchester Senior high School students, their products are not fictional and are actually helping our environment.

  3. This is truly a great story. Who says our standard of public education is going downhill? It is good to know that among all of the scandals and negative headlines involving kids and teachers within the public school system, there are these success stories that give hope to everyone including parents of newborns who may be worried about the quality of their children’s education in the future. The kids who formed this company ought to be awarded an accolade.

  4. Students from this high school should be commended and rewarded with an award from some environmental agency or organization which supports green initiatives. I would even go so far as to say that the students deserve to be awarded money for scholarships. They are doing a service for their community and the environment, and to my knowledge, they are not collecting a single bit of profit from this project. That is the essence of philanthropy.

  5. Susanne was right, I haven’t been in school in years either but I do know they have changed a lot from what they were. I remember reading writing and arithmetic not computers and sex ed in grade school, so I would imagine the agenda’s of the teachers and principles would be conveyed to the kids. It is easy to mold them at that age no matter what the parents are teaching.

  6. It would be great if teachers throughout the country would become catalysts for this type of green movement. I don’t know if there is a curriculum which has a course on environmental education, but if not, they should make it standard in the education system. Such a course could not only teach student’s outer practice lifestyle habits that are conducive for the environment, but also give them a chance to form green organizations like this one.

  7. I am glad to hear that schools are teaching kids things that will actually help them in life. To think there are ones out there that might actually start their own businesses is great. I hope that they continue to challenge themselves and grow. Thank you for the post it was great.

  8. This is so neat to hear about young people wanting to do something with their lives and trying to make a success out of something. Young people with plans and dreams of starting their own businesses. You have done a great job of letting people know what is coming up for these young people and I hope that you will keep us up to date.

  9. It is good to see a school actual teach the kids about the environment and what is being done to it every day. I am glad to see that there are actual students who care enough to make a difference and are making products that we can use every day. Great job you guys keep up the good work.

  10. Isn’t it amazing to hear and see all the things that the young people are coming up with now days to support the green movement? And a lot of the stuff will be used for years to come because it is actually helpful. Thank you for posting this and showing us just how bright the youth today is and what they will bring to the table.

  11. What kind of stuff have they already made that is supporting the green movement around the globe? I hear there is stuff that is already being used that they made but I am not sure which of those items are from them. Is there a way to find that information out? Thank you for posting this article I appreciate it very much.

  12. I’m really surprised that I have not seen this story about these kids from this high school on the nightly news. The world news is one place where they love to the report on stories about schools, education , the job market , you now, all the stuff that makes up middle America. These kids deserve to be featured on the national news for what they have done. It really is a feel good story.

  13. This unique group of intrepid students certainly has a bright future ahead of them. Perhaps some of them will be growing up to become our future champions for planet Earth. Some of them may group up to become successful business people, while others may go up to become the next keepers of our planet. In any case, this kind of team building experience teaches young persons valuable lessons about working with others on complex projects.

  14. Good for these students. Who says teenagers are more lazy than ever before. This just goes to show you that in any generation, you get good, bad, and even great. These young adults have a sense of responsibility for the environment and they have the entrepreneurial spirit. I would say that is a great combination of qualities for youngsters to possess. I suppose their parents deserve special commendation for raising them with such great values.

  15. I think this is a great idea, get the kids thinking about things that would be green and save the planet from a global melt down. If they start now then eventually they will be the idle aged people trying to make a difference and it will finally be instilled in everyone. And they can continue it by going on to the children.

  16. This really isn’t surprising I just wish they would do this at more schools around the country. If we are going to make a difference we are going to have to use our kids to do it. Please get involved in some way and get your kids involved because ultimately it will be them that follows this through to the end.

  17. It amazes me some of the stuff our kids have come up with and a few of them work really well. We are encouraging him to move forward with this stuff and see if it works for the real world. If it turns out a keeper than I think he should consider doing this as a business.

  18. I think it is great now days that our kids have found something that is more important then their video games. They way they are getting involved in the environment just might have an impact. If adults see they way their kids catch on and got excited about it, it just might make the adults wonder what happened.

  19. Arthur, I don’t think it is necessarily the teenagers these days more than the twenty something people that don’t do anything. They don’t want to work or anything and think they deserve to be given everything for free. I am glad to hear that these teenagers are getting off to a good start, these kids are going to go on to do great things.

  20. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

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