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Hallinan's eco-friendly attitude gets noticed


Green Team could be called an enviable program

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hallinan Elementary School student Campbell Brown pops up during a November event marking America Recycles Day.For Hallinan Elementary School students and staff, it’s easy being green.

Hallinan’s Green Team, an about 40-kids strong, adult-led group that leads several school eco-projects, steps up to teach younger students and steps out into the community. The school has been lauded for its efforts as a green school three years in a row.

Oregon Green Schools — a nonprofit that helps schools with recycling, waste reduction, energy-saving and water-conserving programs — this year named Hallinan a premier-level school, the organization’s top ranking.

The Green Team on Nov. 1 put on a skit for the younger kids on the difference between compostable items, recyclable items and garbage. That way, students will know what bin to drop their food trays in after they’re done with lunch — Hallinan students drop their lunches into the compost bin. The Green Team got an invitation to a recycling education and outreach event from the city and Republic Services of Lake Oswego, a waste and recycling company, for a Nov. 16 Lake Oswego event.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hallinan students, from left, Anna Seely, Summer Mickey, Campbell Brown, Lauren Bailey and Sara Shallenberger were Green Team representatives at an event in November.

“I want to invite you to share good news about your school’s recycling/waste reduction programs with the town during that event,” said the invitation from Laurel Bates, waste reduction education coordinator for the Clackamas County Refuse and Recycling Association.

The day honored America Recycles Day, celebrated Nov. 15.

Hallinan “kids got to set up a table and talk to people about how kids are also making a difference,” Hallinan Principal Sara Deboy said.

Hallinan kids began recycling paper towels last year after washing their hands, and the students help maintain the school garden.

The students in February will be auditing school garbage, weighing and examining what’s in the waste bins, something Hallinan does each year. There’s also the annual Oregon Green Schools spring summit to which the school plans to send a few Green Team members as usual, Deboy said.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Green Team member Anna Seely offered a recycling demonstration at an event last month.

Also on its way is a new logo for the Green Team and a new shed and outdoor classroom in the garden area. The project is possible because of a program through Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Markets. Community members turn in cans, designating which school to credit the deposits to, and the result was a $3,000 opportunity at Hallinan. Kids will teach kids in the new outdoor classroom.

“The fifth-graders are excited to get the chance to work on it,” Deboy said. “It is has a lot of educational aspects in it, and they’re excited to teach the little kids.”

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.