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“Skip the Straw, Save Our Seas” is the focus of Hardy Elementary School’s 3rd Grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop (#72113)  initiative. While working on their Wonders of Water Journey Badge, the Troop decided to advocate, educate and inspire our community to protect the world’s water with this challenge.

First, the Troop created a large noticeboard at Hardy Elementary filled with information about the plastic problems in our oceans and waterways and specifically the problems of single use plastics, like straws. They also installed a pledge sheet to encourage others to sign up to refuse plastic straws in restaurants and cafes, and if possible explain why they are refusing the straw.

The Troop followed this with a presentation to a whole school assembly on why Wellesley should “Skip the Straw”. They then wrote to a dozen local and national restaurants explaining the problems of  single use plastics, and asked them to only give out straws on request and also to think about ending the use of plastic straws in their businesses. The troop will be visiting a few local restaurants to ask them in person to join the “Skip the Straw” project.

They are inviting the Wellesley community to their screening of the film Straws this Tuesday, May 22nd from 7.30-8.15pm in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library.

This topic has been in the press a lot lately (Boston Globe, and the New York Times)  and has moved one Wellesley resident to write the following blog.

Phyllis Theermann

Come march in a parade!

March with us in Wellesley’s 2018 Veterans’ Parade!

This year, we’re celebrating the legacy of environmental champion Rachel Carson, whose birthday is on May 27th by encouraging  our community to stop using pesticides on their lawns. The parade is a great opportunity to meet new folks and enjoy a stroll through town supporting a cause you care about. Plus it is fun – simply show up, smile, and wave!

Details:
THIS Sunday, May 20th
Meet in our “usual” spot on Washington Street between Elm and Pine Streets
Assemble at noon and parade begins at 1:00

We’ll provide signage or you can bring your own. Parade route is approximately 2 miles.

Parking: at the Wellesley Public Works yard – entrance is off of Woodlawn Ave.
Shuttle Bus: a big yellow school bus will be at the Crest Road Bridge (end of the parade route) to take folks back to the Wellesley Community Center. (Near the Public Works lot) Or you could leave a vehicle at the Wellesley train station parking lot.

Please contact Laurel at laurellanders2003@yahoo.com if you, your neighbors, family and friends are interested.