Kids Against Pollution at Seven Bridges Middle School
Kids Against Pollution president Andrew Lafortezza
April 18, 2008
by Madeline Rivlin
As the usual line of cars snaked up the driveway at Seven Bridges Middle School on Monday, April 14, they were greeted by students holding signs that read “save the earth, not just for us but for future generations,” and chanting “Ride the bus!”
The students are members of Kids Against Pollution, an environmental group founded about 20 years ago by a New Jersey school teacher named Nick Byrne and his students. Seven Bridges students decided to join the group after Byrne spoke at Seven Bridges last year. They chose the bus riding project and made the professional quality signs with the help of technology teacher Mike DeBellis, their faculty advisor.
The students are counting all the cars that come in and out of the school each morning for a week. So far, their data shows that approximately 300 cars enter the school premises each day and 200 leave, indicating that approximately 100 cars belong to teachers and staff, and approximately 200 people are driving students to school. Andrew Lafortezza, president of the Seven Bridges group, says that their goal is to reduce the number of people driving students to school by 50%.
Madeline Rivlin is the mother of two students at Seven Bridges Middle School.
Seven Bridges technology teacher and faculty advisor to Kids Against Pollution, Mike DeBellis
Cars snaking up the driveway to Seven Bridges in the morning
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