Yonkers students spearhead environmental campaign

Students at a Yonkers high school are spearheading a campaign to educate residents about preserving and sustaining the environment.

Students and faculty at the new Riverside High School in Yonkers were wearing green Friday as part of their first annual Environmental Earth Day. The school offers a magnet program in engineering and environmental studies. As part of that focus, the students put together some impressive public service announcements to kick off the city's Green Week.

The New York Power Authority supplied a hybrid SUV for the kids to look over. However, they are doing much more than just reading textbooks. The students talked to the community about cleaning up the city and stopping pollution in the river. They also launched a recycling program at the school.

Many of the students have also attended meetings of the City Council's Green Task Force and have presented their ideas directly to the politicians. The students not only raised awareness about environmental issues, they have inspired change and action in others.

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