School District Superintendent Meets with Fifth Grade Student to Discuss Recycling

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Who inspires you? For one Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) student, it is the Superintendent. On October 16, Jack S., who attends Gateway Polytechnic Academy (GPA), had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with QCUSD Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry. Jack asked Superintendent Berry for a meeting because he believes, as the leader of a school district, Dr. Berry knows how to “get things done”. 

Jack is in 5th grade. He’s been a student at Gateway Polytechnic Academy since 3rd grade. During those two years, Jack says he’s seen less and less recycling happen on campus. However, now that he is (as he says) a big 5th grader, he wants to change that and grow recycling efforts on campus and around the district. For Jack, it’s about more than just recycling and going green; it’s about saving our planet.

During the meeting with Superintendent Berry, Jack’s excitement was visible in the form of a huge smile. He repeatedly told Dr. Berry that he had been looking forward to the meeting for weeks. On the agenda was Jack’s two-page plan that outlines different ways he could encourage students and staff to recycle more. His plan asks for recycling bins to be put in every classroom along with a larger bin to be put in the cafeteria. Additionally, Jack asked Dr. Berry and his principal if he could start a Recycling Club at GPA. They agreed and the principal is now helping Jack find a club advisor. In the future, Jack says he would also like to see more trees planted on campus. He believes plants not only help the environment, but they also help boost a person’s mood.

At the end of the meeting, Jack said it was awesome sitting down with Superintendent Berry. Jack said that his fellow students should not only be great recyclers, but they should also be great leaders just like Dr. Berry. Jack wasn’t the only person who left the meeting inspired. Superintendent Berry said Jack exemplifies gratitude and service toward others. The moral of this story is we can all be a little more like Jack!




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