Can a woodchuck save the planet? It can if it is a member of the Green Woodchucks Club, a young environmentalists club at Woodstock Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Va. The club was started by Hillary Benedict, a senior at nearby Tallwood High School, as part of her senior project for her Global Studies and World Languages Academy class.

To start the club, Hillary put together a 10-minute speech and a short movie about recycling which she then presented to the elementary students at Woodstock Elementary. The film and speech teach children how to properly recycle, what products can be recycled and the process of recycling.

"Being knowledgeable about simple things, such as how to properly recycle bottle caps or the amount of greenhouse gas emissions your vehicle releases, can help our planet tremendously," says Hillary.

Hillary's presentation received rave reviews from the elementary students and has prompted Hillary to work on developing a a six-week "Go Green" Parent Teacher Association enrichment camp at Woodstock. Hillary also hopes to make the video available to more children to inspire them to make a difference in the world.


Can a woodchuck save the planet?
Young environmentalists club teaches elementary students to recycle.