Group of Holy Trinity students focus on recycling efforts


Members of Holy Trinity’s re-formed Environmental Club include Zach Ippolito, left, Alexis Steinberger, Daniel Redman, Nathan Joseph and Gabby Salyer.

photo by carl kotala

Fans attending sporting events at Holy Trinity’s Catherine A. Ford Field will now have the ability to use recycling containers thanks to the school’s Environmental Club.

Seventh-grader Gabby Salyer re-started the club this past school year after seeing the conditions around the stadium.

“I used to do cross country and we would get here early in the morning and go down to the football field, and the garbage cans would always be knocked over and trash would be everywhere and animals would be in it,” Salyer said. “It was just bad.”

The club had 10 members this past year with students ranging from junior high to one graduating senior.

Zach Ippolito, a childhood friend of Salyer’s, was eager to join.

“I like the environment,” Ippolito said. “I don’t feel like seeing it trashed. I have a lot of animals in my backyard. I always see stuff out there — hawks, deer, armadillos, raccoons.”

In addition to having bake sales, the club raised money by selling Earth Day T-shirts with images — front and back — created by the school’s design class. 

The group raised more than $1,100, enough to buy three bright blue recycling bins and with the Junior High student government agreeing to fund another one, there will now be four containers at Ford Field.

Score one for the environmentally conscious.

In addition to their recycling efforts, Environmental Club members helped repair oyster mats earlier in the year in conjunction with the Brevard Zoo and were scheduled to put some mats down in the Indian River Lagoon late last month.

Guest speakers touched on environmental topics and specific marine life such as right whales, sea turtles and dolphins.

A number of Environmental Club students also took part in a project by the school’s Science Research class to build a new butterfly garden.

The next big project for the club will be to help the Florida Wildlife Hospital. Students already did some service work there, making toys filled with food for the injured raccoons, squirrels and birds.

There are plans to paint a mural next year to make the building more visible.

“Their fence is really rickety,” Salyer said. “I want to get them a new fence next year, do more donations to them.

“They’ve given me a tour and it’s really cool inside. I think they help a lot of animals and they might need a little more help with that stuff.”