OHS plans to help the environment one club at a time


Courtesy of Olivia Rausch

Eco-Art club poses for a picture the day of the Cliff Cave clean up.

There’s a new club at OHS helping the environment

Olivia Rausch (10) started the Eco-Art club with sponsor Alexandra Heyl, a 2D/3D art teacher at OHS. Rausch has another sponsor, Maggie McCoy, who works at Earthways Center Education Coordinate recycling company. They want more students to get involved with saving the environment. 

Club meetings will take place after school until 3 p.m. on the first Monday second Tuesday and third Wednesday of every month, in Room 320. The first meeting of this school year was on Oct. 7. Students can come to as many or as few meetings as they want.

“I really like helping the earth out and art so it’s like a combination of the both of them.” Rausch said.

The purpose of this club is to inform students about how they can recycle, and it allows them to have fun while doing so. Using recyclable objects, students can make their own pieces of art they collected at parks, and can even enter into an art show.

Students received these objects during a trail cleanup that was held on Saturday, Sept. 14. Fifteen students joined Rausch at Cliff Cave Park and collected a total of 88 pounds of trash.

“So far, this is the only trail cleanup,” Rausch said. “but everyone has been requesting me to do more, so I might do another one.” 

Rausch running a club also helps her make her way towards her goal of a girl scout award she is trying to earn. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement that a Girl Scout can receive in the USA. This award is only earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts, and only about 5.4% successfully earn it.