Saving the lake one bag at a time: Club far exceeds goal of collecting plastic bags to help the homeless

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Saving the lake one bag at a time: Club far exceeds goal of collecting plastic bags to help the homeless

Save the Lake club members Emily Esmacher and Ally Vern, both '20, pose with the 1400 bags they collected to make mats for the homeless. Photo by Nina Simon '21.

Save the Lake club members Emily Esmacher and Ally Vern, both '20, pose with the 1400 bags they collected to make mats for the homeless. Photo by Nina Simon '21.

Save the Lake club members Emily Esmacher and Ally Vern, both '20, pose with the 1400 bags they collected to make mats for the homeless. Photo by Nina Simon '21.

Save the Lake club members Emily Esmacher and Ally Vern, both '20, pose with the 1400 bags they collected to make mats for the homeless. Photo by Nina Simon '21.

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South’s Save the Lakes Club collected plastic bags for three days during the first week of December. The club, which has been at South for two years, plans to use the bags to make two six-foot long sleeping mats for homeless shelters. The group exceeded their goal of 700 bags as they gathered 1400 from students at South.
The Co-President of Save the Lakes Club, Julia Hudson ‘20, recalls that a school in Colorado inspired students to help the homeless using grocery bags.
“We just thought it’d be a really good idea, especially with all the plastic bags that come into the school from Farms Market,” Hudson said.
The group, whose mission is to raise awareness of plastic pollution in natural bodies of water, hopes to make a positive impact on the world.
“We’re trying to redirect the plastic from going into the lakes and landfills,” Hudson said. “It should be put towards good use.”