by Quimby Delsignore
A group of seventh and eighth grade “nerds” has been putting efforts into making Monument Valley a more eco-friendly place, but the footprint they left on the student body is not as apparent.
Mrs. Stucklen, the Green Bean leader, says the Green Beans are,“ Recyclers, but also leaders in the school, and hopefully they help others become aware of their waste and the world around them.“ The group consists of seventh and eighth graders, they meet once a week as a team with Mrs. Stucklen. She has been working with the students and they have been expanding and enforcing the recycling program throughout the school. It has been a year since the club has first started, 2018 being their second year.
When Mr Heck, eighth grade english teacher, was asked if he knew who the Green Beans were and what they did he answered with, “ Ya, they’re an environmental group run by Mrs. Stucklen. That are focused on reclining, big time this year, and expanding the recycling capabilities of the school. They seem to be into advocating greener usage of things and awareness of environmental issues.” According to Mrs. Stucklen’s “definition” of who the Green Beans are, Mr. Heck was very aware of who they were and what they did.
Zenith and Aubrey, two eighth grade students, were asked the same question as Mr. Heck, but they had two very different answers. Aubrey answer the question with, “ Yes. It’s like the group Mrs. Stucklen has that help out in the community, recycling, bla, bla, bla stuff like that. I guess they participate in extracurricular stuff and set up earth hour, and control the fish with Mrs. Stucklen.” She was also very aware of the Green Beans team, without being a member herself. Zenith, on the other hand was not as aware. He answered with, “ A little bit. I just know of them, like that they go to Mrs. Stucklen’s room at recess and lunch. At first I thought it was the recycling thing, but I'm not really sure what it is.”
After he was told who the Green Beans were, and what they did for the school Zenith was asked, if he thought the work the Green Beans did was important. He said, “ Yes, it’s good what they're doing. But I feel like not many people know about it, so it doesn’t affect them. If people knew what it was they would be more effective, and more people would want to participate.” His point brought up the fact of the Green Beans visibility throughout the school. If they are doing this work, should they get recognition?
Dulce, an eighth grade Green Bean member, was asked if she thought the Green Beans got enough recognition for the work that they do. She answered the question with,“ To be honest I don’t really think we do.” In the past the Green Beans have planned, and ran, school events. Dulce said,“ At events people think the student council is doing the work, but it’s really us.” To follow up she gave an example of one of the events. She said, “ The dance where we got half the money,” (the Green Beans did half of the work for the dance, student council doing the other half) “ Only the other half went recognized.” Dulce’s point on recognition sparked the fact if the own group’s leader felt the same way.
Mrs.Stucklen thinks, “ The Green Beans should get more recognition. Even though they get points, nobody in the school really understands our system.And maybe if they got some sort of certificate, or award, or something that would be pretty cool.”
“We barely had paper recycling before the Green Beans started. That has expanded into plastic and cans,” says Mr. Heck. The Green Beans have made the school a more earth friendly place.For now they will continue working under the radar, but recognition is still on the table.