Corinth High environmental club receives a $42,000 donation

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A young maple tree planted on Friday in the outdoor commons area of the Corinth High School campus is the first symbol of long-term environmental stewardship for the school’s environmental club.
The Club celebrated a $42,000 donation from Kimberly-Clark Professional to support its Green Way Project.
“Green Way starts at the front of the school and works its way to the back,” said CHS senior Nate Massey, co-president of the environmental club. “It’s an environmental education project, not only fixing problems at the school, but also educating students.”
An extensive list of environmental ideas that students can use as senior projects began with a plan to fix drainage problems and erosion around the breezeway between two buildings.
“We came up with more and more projects to do like expanding the recycling program we already have at the school,” said Kayla Keefe, a senior and the club’s other co-president.
Kimberly-Clark came on board as sponsor with the large monetary donation as a way to celebrate their 25-year presence in Corinth.
The company also will support Green Way with employee volunteers to help with activities like the tree planting, said Corinth mill manager Martin Massey.
“The Green Way project represents one example of Kimberly-Clark’s ongoing commitment to our ‘Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow’ principles and fits perfectly with our goal of promoting sustainability within the communities in which we live and work,” Martin Massey said.
Project Learning Tree, a national environmental education program, partners in the project through local facilitator Preston Padgett, who will help provide teacher and student workshops on sustainability, recycling and other environmental topics.
Another partner, Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful, will help the students with designing and maintaining Green Way spaces.
“With projects like an outdoor classroom, we’re working to put green projects everywhere on campus,” said Nate Massey.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.