On Saturday, April 1st, Oakland Tech interns partnered up with Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) on a one of a kind journey! ETC’s mission is to make the joy and challenge of outdoor adventures accessible to people with disabilities and under-resourced youth, inspiring self-confidence, connection to nature, and stewardship of the environment.
Oakland Tech has been hard at work all year on the implementation, and progress monitoring of the 3-Bin system on campus. This weekend was a great break from the classroom & smoggy indoors, instead, interns got to experience the gorgeous Sausalito Shoreline with a lunch break at a secluded beach.
Interns learned all about proper water safety procedure for kayaking, as well as many fun facts about the history and wildlife of the area. Kayaking was a great mental break for our team, and our team was very appreciative for the opportunity to simple relax and feel connected to nature.
Although, thats not all we did. Interns completed a litter survey of the secluded beach spot collecting 150+ pieces if litter. Not only was it a good feeling to leave the area better than we found it, but it was also a great real world example to show how littering can effect places that can’t even be reached by foot!
“Kayaking was my favorite event because it’s a lot of fun in the water, being a team, joking around and reaching a beautiful destination. I’ve also had a fear of being in the water so I am glad I got to do it” – OT Intern
On March 16th, interns invited all Custodial night shift staff for a potluck appreciation to celebrate and thank them for all the leadership they have shown with the 3-Bin project. Oakland Tech is not only one of the few high school’s that has an operating 3-Bin system, but is also one of the largest schools to have one. Earth Team acknowledges that the custodial staff has been a core member in the implementation of the system, and is grateful to have a team to work through all the obstacles and challenges of being the first high school of its kind!
At the potluck event, interns brought supplies, delicious food and drinks. We ate, socialized and presented them a letter and a $50 Target gift card as a way of expressing our gratitude to them. We celebrated the hard work of the custodians because the 3-bin system wouldn’t have been made possible without them.
The custodians at Tech were the ones who guided us as we implemented the 2 new types of brutes and bins (compost & recycling) by teaching us how to line the bags, etc. They are the ones who collect each garbage bag from classrooms, hallways and outside and transfer them to the dumpster bins.
We’ve had several meetings previously discussing the best methods of educating the student body, how to efficiently run this new sustainable system and other matters. Custodial staff work extremely long hours and so that’s why, this potluck was dedicated to specially them. It was a day to recognize and appreciate their cooperation, commitment and work for the Oakland Tech community.
This is the first year Tech will be having the 3-bin system… which will permanently make it’s stay here. And the custodial staff helped make that happen.