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Middle School Students Advocate for Plastic Straw Ban

Middle School Students Advocate for Plastic Straw Ban

  • Inside PGCPS |
  • Student Voice |
  • November 22, 2019

Students on the Kenmoor Middle School environmental topics committee had a hands-on and timely lesson in how to influence public policy!

After presenting a petition to county council member Jolene Ivey and showing her their school cafeteria's traditional plastic spork and straw wrapped in plastic, Ivey joined other council member in a unanimous vote to ban single-use plastic straws and stirrers in county restaurants and businesses.

"If you count every student at Kenmoor, if you count every student in our school system, there are 25,272,000 of these (straws) every year," Ivey told the council while holding up the plastic. "Those little tiny straws in here, they don't even use them. Why it's included is a mystery."