High School West students will be greeted by an environmentally friendly holiday display the next time they arrive at school.
Members of the environmental club decorated trees on Friday afternoon in the courtyard. The students used assorted ornaments and ribbons that are respectful of the environment.
The ornaments were made of items including pine cones and sticks as well as recycled ribbons and fabric that were going unused in people’s homes and might otherwise be discarded.
“We’re trying to raise awareness of reusable items for the holidays,” club advisor Lauren Hoffman said. “There’s so much consumption during the holidays. We’re trying to show that you can decorate with holiday items that are available every day and natural, or which came from somebody’s home that weren’t being used.”
As the name implies, the club — which currently has 15 members — is focused on environmental issues. Students participated in a beach cleanup earlier this academic year and plan to plant a vegetable garden in the spring.