Phyllis Theermann

Big thanks to the Wellesley High School Football players and coaches who took part in the first high school team town-wide clean up this past weekend. This event was so motivating that the team will start doing it annually and have challenged other teams to do it as well.

Members of Wellesley Green Schools and Football Coach Jesse Davis last came together to create a meaningful community-service project to call attention to the increasing problem of single-use plastic pollution.  A team-building cleanup project was proposed and organized, with the NRC providing maps of areas in need of cleanup, as well as gloves, safety vests, and other supplies.

“The Wellesley Football Team town-wide clean up not only beautified Wellesley’s public spaces, but also allowed the players to see first hand the amount of single use plastic around town. This started conversations on ways to reduce it,” said Coach Davis. “To encourage players to create less waste, the team purchased water bottles with their numbers on them for students to re-use,” Davis said.

Thanks to the team’s hard work, residents noticed trash-free areas around the High School, Memorial Grove, Perrin Park, Ollie Turner Park, Ouellette Park, and Reeds Pond.

“The coach encourages us to give back to the community since they support us on the field,” said Holt Fletcher, Wellesley High School senior and one of the four captains of the football team. “Not only was the town-wide clean up a great way for us to do that, and to get out into the community as a team, but it really opened up our eyes to the amount of trash lying around our school and many of the town’s parks and conservation areas,” Fletcher said.

“I hope other teams and community members join the football team in this important effort to help our town,” said Nicholas Cavallerano, a junior on the team. His brother Louis, a freshman, said proudly, “This was my first football community activity and I really liked that coaches and players worked together to help our community with the cleanup.”

To get involved in other town cleanups or propose one of your own, contact the Natural Resources Commission at 781-431-1019, ext. 2294. To learn tips on plastic waste reduction visit Wellesley Green Schools at  www.sustainablewellesley.com.

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Thank you to all that braved the weather and came out to march with us in the parade last week. Additional thanks to those that cheered us on along the parade route.

The renewable energy theme drew in more marchers and louder cheers than before, meaning this is a “hot” topic. The float and enthusiasm even won us the Chairman’s Award at this year’s Annual Wellesley Veteran’s Parade. Congrats to all.

We are grateful to Laurel for organizing us, the Bender Family for building the float, the Wellesley High School Sailing Team for combining forces and the Wellesley Wonderful Weekend Parade organizers.

There is a great deal of environmental enthusiasm in town. Simply, email info@SustainableWellesley.com to learn how you can get involved.

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Article written by: Miles Olivetti, Junior at Wellesley High School and a member of the Evolutions Program


Wellesley High School’s Evolutions students work on different community-based partnership projects, aimed at solving problems facing our community.

This year, my team, including teacher Mindy Hoge, dedicated ourselves to stopping the use of single-use water bottles at Wellesley High School (WHS). We met with Sustainable Wellesley and Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission to get a pulse on what was happening in our community.

Research we conducted showed that at WHS alone, hundreds of water bottles are thrown away daily.  This was due to lack of education, concern and habit. We wanted to educate students and thus create an understanding community that takes action.

To do so, we collected 288 plastic bottles thrown away at WHS during 3 lunch periods and turned them into an eye-catching, provocative monumental sculpture shaped in a giant ‘W’: representing Wellesley Raiders and water (drinking/oceans). This sculpture hopefully will have a lasting effect on students who saw it, showcasing a percentage of plastic we buy and discard daily.

In addition, we created infographics highlighting the pollution that plastic water bottles create in our oceans, as well as a survey about why people buy plastic water bottles. This survey showed that almost 65% of students would support a future single use water bottle ban.

Our final initiative was a “raffle”. The only requirement to enter was to show your reusable water bottle.  We advertised the initiative and it was very popular. We gave out multiple gift cards thanks to generous local businesses. We witnessed a significant increase in people bringing in and using reusable water bottles, meeting our goal of showing people how easy and important it is to bring one to school every day.

Educating our peers to think and act differently was impactful. We hope single use plastic reduction will continue in and around WHS.