The ThinkQuest Project at St. Francis of Assisi School challenged eighth-graders to solve problems using technology, critical thinking and communication skills. One team plans to take its project to the community, going door-to-door to tell Mayfield Heights residents about the recycling program and its benefits.
"The Change Starts With Recycling" team of Gianna DiPippo, Jordan ElHindi, Kyle Mealey, Michael Mihelich, Nick Newsome and Julia Piteo brought their road show to City Hall for a presentation to city officials. The team is coached by teachers Cynthia D'Alessandro and Susan Previte.
"Our goal is to educate people on the importance and benefits of going green and recycling in our communities, ElHindi said.
The recycling team created a website with information about ThinkQuest, what items can be recycled and where, recycling facts and a poll.
Mayor Gregory Costabile said he was pleased that the students are helping the city to get the word about recycling out to residents. Mayfield Heights no longer has curbside recycling, partly because of low participation. Residents can now drop off recyclables anytime at collection bins outside the Ross DeJohn Community Center.
In addition to the recycling team, two other ThinkQuest squads will represent the school in international competition. "Bully Busters" was formed to stop bullying and team members are Kevin Deegan, Cole Gest, Nick Kocher, Alex Nahra, Jenna Noce and McKynzie Salerno. The "Activation Domination" squad, which promotes exercise, is Adam Fortunato, Ally Herrera, Michael Hradesky, Anthony Iarussi, Clarence Noronha and Katie Spolar.