Story last updated at 2/18/2009 - 10:56 am
JUNEAU - Juneau Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (JAYEA) is organizing a community-wide silverware drive to collect spoons and forks for the Juneau-Douglas High School lunchroom.
Currently the school provides only plastic utensils for student use. Silverware contributions will be accepted February 23-28 at several locations in the Juneau area, including Fred Meyer, Super Bear, Wal-Mart, Alaskan and Proud, and the Juneau-Douglas High School commons.
JAYEA is working to reduce their school's impact on the growing landfill in Lemon Creek. The transition from plastic to metal is one way JAYEA is working to support a sustainable school.
"Don't be a dork, bring a fork" and "Don't be a loon, bring a spoon" are two slogans that the youth organization has created to spur student and community contributions.
High school student and JAYEA member Merijke Coenraad states that "The silverware drive is a great opportunity to change the way students think about their consumption of products made from non-renewable energy."
Everyone in Juneau is encouraged to donate metal forks and spoons to Juneau-Douglas High School. Contributions should be placed in designated boxes inside the listed businesses and the downtown high school. JAYEA is asking everyone to support the transition to metal silverware.