A dedication ceremony, celebrating the donation of a water bottle filling station to Portsmouth’s St. Philomena School, on the first day of fall, September 23, under bright skies on the school’s picturesque campus lawn, was attended by the Greenlove Foundation board members, students and faculty.  

The filling station, located in a high traffic area (between the gym and cafeteria), delivers a clean quick reusable water bottle fill and enhances sustainability by minimizing the dependency on single-use plastic bottles.   The touchless sensor bottle filler is designed for easy use and a “Green” ticker informs the user that a single-use bottle has been saved from waste into our Earth’s landfills and waterways.

The principal, Brian Cordeiro, enthusiastically welcomed everyone to the gathering and introduced a student, Lea Sylvia, who beautifully sang the National Anthem.  St. Philomena’s “Green Team” chair and Technology Director, Catherine Gurspan, spoke about the commitment of the school’s community to change habits to eliminate plastic usage that is polluting the land and water of the earth.  The students used a variety of educational resources and tools to learn and implement choices to make small changes of plastic usage and recycling that can make a big difference today and tomorrow for a healthier earth. Two eighth grade students, Julia Pelczarski and Chris DeSantis, accepted a plaque with Kendra L. Bowers name on it, that will be permanently placed above the water bottle filling station.

Katherine Bowers, mother of Kendra L. Bowers, spoke about establishing the foundation in Kendra’s memory.  Kendra was a University of Vermont environmental science student who was passionate about protecting and nurturing the earth.  The foundation was founded to continue Kendra’s legacy to fulfill her dream to make a difference and contribute to a healthier Earth.

For more information on the Greenlove Foundation, visit www.greenlovefoundation.org

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