Bioscience: Green Leapers Club Won a $1800 Grant from The City of Phoenix Recycling Division

Posted by Communications on 12/7/2016

A student club on campus called the Green Leapers applied for and won a $1,800 grant from The City of Phoenix Recycling Division to purchase zero waste supplies for the school’s  Town Hall and cafeteria.  Starting in January, students and staff will dispose of their lunch waste differently: first by scraping uneaten food and paper into composting bins, then depositing recyclable plastic and metal into recycling bins, and finally any trash that cannot be recycled or composted.  The Green Leapers will train the school in how to properly sort their items and will monitor the bins to ensure success.  They already worked with the cafeteria staff to train them in how to discard waste from the kitchen. Students will then empty the bins each day into a special composting receptacle in the back of the kitchen, which will be picked up by the city of Phoenix every week.  The students who initiated this program are Alejandra Villarreal, Nancy Ochoa, Alicia Flores, and Griselda Solis.


Junior Dulce Gariepy went before the Girl Scout board to defend her Gold Award Project, December 1, and is now a Gold Award recipient.  The Girl Scout Gold Award is equivalent to the Eagle Scout for the Boy Scouts.  They are the highest awards a scout can receive.   Gariepy’s Gold Award is the culmination of 12 years of scouting.  Her project focused on educating teens about understanding obstacles that elderly people face.


Dulce comes from a family of achievers.  Her sister, Reyna earned her Gold Award in December 2015 and is still in scouting.  Her brother, Santiago Gariepy, from Bioscience’s Class of 2013, is an Eagle Scout.  He is now in his final year at Antioch College in Ohio, majoring in media arts. Their mother, Lionila Gariepy is the student liaison at Bioscience, and was the school’s employee of the year in 2015.