Free money for college and all you have to do is write a brief essay on what you have done to create a positive impact on the environment. Every year an announcement is made and a handful of students apply. I have been one of the volunteer essay readers and look forward to the submissions. Some students simply talk about composting as a family and being sure to recycle. Others write about adopting a tree project throughout the city. The scholarship amount is small, a few hundred dollars, but its free money.
For the past several years (maybe 7), a teacher at our high school has offered this scholarship a month before graduation. Throughout the school year, at the end of the day, he goes to classrooms that participate and he collects plastic bottles from the recycle bins. From time to time he lugs huge bags filled with crushed plastic bottles out to his car. This is the means for the scholarship funds and each year the monetary amount has grown.
A few months into 2017, second semester, and the announcement is made for the essay submission. Reminders are issued. Desert dry - no submissions this year. The climate has changed, just that easy - just that quick. No one wrote an essay - no one claimed the scholarship funds for college so it will be included in next year’s scholarship.
It seems like a stretch to draw a line from Washington D.C. to a high school in California, but that is the power of the position and the unspoken persuasion in that power. January 2017 our 45th President eliminated the phrase “climate change” from the official White House website whitehouse.gov. The omission of those two words are seeds planted in the minds of this generation. Whether we agree or disagree with what a leader does - does not change the fact that he/she is in a position of power and influence.
Hopefully I am connecting dots that are not there. Students ran out of time to care about a small scholarship and free money? I am sure (not really) there will not be such a huge swing throughout the country.
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