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posted: Fri, May 29th, 2015

Protecting the environment with I.D.I.

Janet Diep, a member of the club, said, "We found a surprising amount of garbage." Some of the items they found included: discarded tires, old pairs of shoes, cans and glass bottles, a propane tank, and a rusted car door.

Jamie Paddock helped drag the car door from the woods to the trash collection area. She couldn't believe the items that were carelessly discarded in the woods, especially the car door.

I.D.I. Club advisor, Mr. Todd Schultze, said, "One of the biggest concerns are the small pieces of garbage." He explained, "We've become a 'throwaway' society."

Amanda Turzi, who also attended the service trip, said the day was not completely filled with garbage clean-up. She said, "We also did a hike and experienced the lovely atmosphere of Maier's pond, where we ate lunch."

The I.D.I. Club has been busy this year and has been working on other projects to help the environment and share their knowledge of environmental concerns and solutions with the community. The I.D.I. Club recently participated in the Girl Scout's Green Fair in Lebanon Township where they had an information booth, shared information, and played an environmental trivia game with the children and community members.

At MOHS the I.D.I. club is also working on constructing the new Habitat Room, which the art students recently decorated with a mural. Some of the students' responsibilities are setting up the tanks and creating the right environment for their animals, including their female African spurred tortoise, named Bort.

In September, the I.D.I. club will be looking for new members to help work on the habitat and other community service projects throughout the school year. If you are interested in volunteering with the I.D.I. club please see Mr. Schultze.

Cleaning up garbage, members of the I.D.I. Club pause to organize their findings.

Students enjoyed their lunch along Maier's pond.

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