Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Maddie Barkate, has been recognized for her work to green her school by the city of San Juan Capistrano. Maddie is a sixth grade student at St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano, who has a passion for saving the earth through decomposing organic material commonly found in trash, commonly referred to as composting.

As Maddie explains, “composting and recycling are important because it reduces the amount of items sent to the landfill.  People need to realize that if we don’t take care of our earth now and conserve its natural resources, then our resources will run out one day.”  As a member of the Grades of Green Youth Corps, Maddie and her fellow members will work throughout the school year to make their schools more eco-friendly.  To read the full article in the San Juan Capistrano Patch, go here. Maddie was also mentioned in her school’s weekly newsletter, to read it go here.