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BHS Earth Club received grant

The Brainerd High School Earth Club, a new student organization promoting sustainable and environmentally conscious practices, recently announced it was selected by the Olive Garden in Baxter to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Co...

Brainerd Earth Club member Haley Anderson (left) holds the lid of a new recycle bin open while Earth Club president Meg Foster tosses in a plastic water bottle. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
Brainerd Earth Club member Haley Anderson (left) holds the lid of a new recycle bin open while Earth Club president Meg Foster tosses in a plastic water bottle. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

The Brainerd High School Earth Club, a new student organization promoting sustainable and

environmentally conscious practices, recently announced it was selected by the Olive Garden in Baxter to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants.

The annual grants program empowers each of the Olive Garden locations to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation enabled the BHS Earth Club to purchase portable, multi-purpose recycling containers and signage to allow for the collection of recyclable items such as plastic bottles, paper and glass. Previously, these items ended up in the trash. Seven large recycling containers will be placed at the outdoor athletic facilities, including locations such as the concession stands, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, football field and track. Seven additional containers are available for use on an as-needed basis for school, athletic and community events hosted in the gymnasium or other large gathering spaces.

Meg Foster, BHS senior and Earth Club president, is excited about the long-term impact of the recycling containers.

"I'm just happy that our efforts are being recognized by the community and that recycling is now available down at the new football field and track. It's definitely a step in the right direction," she said.

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Potentially, thousands of plastic beverage bottles and hundreds of pounds of paper will be recycled each year rather than going to the landfill.

Nicole Harmer, BHS science teacher and Earth Club advisor, said, "The Earth Club members noticed there was a need for recycling at large group events at BHS, and we are very grateful to our local Olive Garden restaurant, and especially the manager, Deb Lasher, for nominating us to receive a grant for this purpose."

"We're proud to be able to support the BHS Earth Club through our Restaurant Community Grants program," said Stephanie Ghertner, director of the Darden Foundation. "Our team members are incredibly passionate about getting involved in their local communities, and this program enables them to do just that."

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