Plainfield Students Help the Homeless ... through Recycling

Credit: District 202
Credit: District 202
Submitted by District 202:

Plainfield High School -- Central Campus BioExplorations Club member Kimberli Smith (left) and Donna Morrow show off a sleeping mat made for homeless people out of recycled plastic grocery bags. 

Morrow is a member of  the "New Life for Old Bags" organization. She recently visited several District 202 schools to help students make the sleeping mats by weaving plastic grocery bags together, which also helps keep the plastic bags out of landfills. 

Also pictured are BioExplorations Club members Shawnece Sanders (far left), Jack Plewa and Georgia Konrad. 
Vicky Polito January 22, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Wow, I didn't know there was such a thing as a BioExplorations Club. That's very interesting and inspiring. I knew a woman who would recycle such bags into thin cut strips that she then basically used as yarn for knitting and crocheting. It was pretty remarkable stuff. I admit that it is saddening to see that we need to make sleeping mats for the homeless, still, vs. finding better solutions so that all have proper shelter and food and access to keeping clean. So many of the homeless in our country are veterans and young kids, making it all the more urgent to find a way to do better as a country on issues of homelessness. But, that said, I think what these young people, future leaders, are getting together to do is great. Thanks to them.


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