OSHS Sophomore Works on Storm Water Management

OSHS Sophomore Works on Storm Water Management
Posted on 09/27/2019
OSHS Sophomore Samantha Wakelee and OSHS Teacher David PlotkinDespite knowing Old Saybrook High School (OSHS) sophomore Samantha Wakelee since she was a student in his 8th-grade science class, David Plotkin was surprised when she came to him at the start of this year to talk about her senior capstone project.

OSHS Sophomore Samantha Wakelee and OSHS Teacher David Plotkin










Wakelee approached Plotkin, district instructional leader for science and earth science teacher at OSHS, to propose working to get the school designated by the Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association as a Green Leaf school and by the U.S. Department of Education as a Green Ribbon school.

OSHS would need to work on “minimizing the amount of waste we produce,” Wakelee explained. “So that might mean switching from plastic utensils” and using other more sustainable, environmentally friendly materials in the cafeteria. “The other [issue is] bus use: maybe using smaller buses for field trips when classes don’t have that many kids.


“It’s really with the purpose of—even if we don’t get recognized—to get the school in the mindset of sustainability and conservation and see what we can do to improve in that way,” she said.

“I’m thinking about creating a committee to think about the work on this long term,” she explained. “So even if when I graduate we still haven’t gotten the recognition or certification, we can keep that going and not let the work that we’ve done fizzle out.”

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