Every Thursday, Jose Tapia, fifth grade student at Lamar Elementary, can be found pulling a wagon and going door-to-door collecting class recyclables.
He is part of Lamar’s Eagle Recycle Club sponsored by their Library Media Specialist Diana Alfaro. The 18-member group is on an important mission to look after the planet by ensuring that not one reusable material is wasted on campus.
In addition to recycling, every year their Information Literacy Center holds an art contest in which students are encouraged to use recyclable materials for their creations.
“I like dinosaurs, so during the last art contest I worked on a “Recyclosaurus” using cardboard and wheels,” says Jose. “I’ve been in the ERC about three years; I enjoy it because I get to learn ways to minimize my impact on the environment.”
Always trying to do his part to help out around school, Jose is also a member of the student council. His team of campus representatives is in charge of fundraising and donations for charities.
“My favorite part of being in student council is when we donate things,” says Jose. “We donate to Toys for Tots so that children who are less fortunate can have a gift to unwrap on Christmas.”
Having moved to the United States from Mexico at a very young age, Jose is thankful for the opportunity to attend Lamar Elementary. He strives to make his mom and teachers proud by doing his best, being helpful towards others, and keeping his grades high.