Students in grades 4-5 volunteer to serve on West Maple’s Green Team. The Green Team collaborates with the school's Community Service Organizer to:

    • Educate the school on environmental issues

    • Support the school's recycling programs

    • Design and implement activities that promote environmental responsibility

    The work of the Green Team has contributed to West Maple being awarded a Michigan Evergreen School, which is the highest award a school can earn.  


    During the 2022-2023 school year, the Green Team will:

    • Organize whole school recycling initiatives (tops of cans and candy wrappers)

    • Maintain and continue the paper, plastic and metal recycling program

    • Compost and clean up materials on the playground and in the gardens

    • Have guest speakers to educate team members on environmentally friendly ideas and plans.

    • Discuss renewable energy and what career opportunities there are for those interested .

    • Educate the school by sharing books purchased with last year's funds raised at the Science Olympiad.

    • Post informative signs around the school to encourage students and staff to recycle.  

    • Research and adopt an endangered animal.

    • Celebrate Earth Day school wide.

    • Prepare the garden for spring planting.