LHS student wins district $10,000 grant
Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014
He was on Google doing research on grants as part of his environmental science studies when Loveland High School (LHS) Junior Casey Smith stumbled across it – an application for a $10,000 grant from the Hamilton County Solid Waste District.
“It caught my eye, and as I read the details I realized it was due in four days, so I only had a limited time to write it,” said Smith.
Four days was all Smith needed; he earned the money for the district which he and another student – Junior Ellie Landis – plan to use to make environmental improvements at Loveland Middle School (LMS) and Loveland Intermediate School (LIS). The ultimate goal is to make LMS and LIS zero-waste cafeterias – a designation LHS achieved last school year.
“Not only does this promote eco-awareness, there is also a tremendous cost savings to the district,” said LHS Principal Chris Kloesz.
The grant will allow the district to purchase compost pick-ups and waste receptacles for LMS and LIS. Implementation of the zero-waste program began at LMS in January; to date the team has reduced trash from 22 bags down to one bag daily. Implementation at LIS begins Monday, April 14.
“Word is beginning to spread to other districts,” said Kloesz. “Even executives with the Newport Aquarium have booked time to visit with our environmental science teacher, Tracy Burge, to review the program. It is simply outstanding from every angle and I’m tremendously proud of our students and our staff for supporting this initiative district wide.”