|Morphew uses recyling to fund sports at LJMS
Each sport needs to raise $1,000 to keep itself afloat
She turns raw aluminum and plastic into rubber basketballs and nylon volleyball nets. Well, not literally, but she does it indirectly through a recycling program fundraiser she leads on school campus.
Through her love of athletics and sheer hard work, Lawrence Jones Middle School campus supervisor Patricia Morphew is raising much needed funds for the Middle School Athletic Booster Club after school sports programs.
“Each sport has to raise a minimum of $1,000 a year for fundraising to help keep the sports going, and since I am a track coach, this would be an easy fundraiser for track,” Morphew explained as she was passing out sports equipment to students for noon-time activity.
Ironically, Morphew purchased small blue recycling containers used in all the classrooms from Home Depot with a small amount of funds leftover from a teacher leadership recycling fund from years past. These containers are in addition to the existing larger recycle bins in the main quad area.
“I had to go to three Home Depots and clean them out to get enough containers,” she said.
Morphew recruited three student assistants to collect the recyclables on a weekly basis. The next step is for the students to sort, bag and load the cans and bottles on her truck for the recycle center about twice a month.
“We run around the quad (the school) and the classrooms to get all the recycling,” says eighth-grader Ryan Grey. “I play after-school sports (basketball), and that’s why I like doing it.” Eighth-grade student Jordan Hartwick, and seventh-grade student Kyla Johnson also assist Morphew in collecting recyclable materials.
Morphew is encouraging all the students to become more active in the school’s recycling program through continual education and awareness. With school morning announcements, the students are periodically reminded of the current total amount raised, to use the containers only for recyclables and to contribute to the program. “Every day after lunch, I get the bottles and cans the kids throw in the trash can, and it’s getting to be less,” she says. Morphew has currently raised more than $375 in athletic funds.
Morphew’s efforts have inspired teachers and administrators on campus to bring in their recyclables.
“Dr. Mason (principal) brought in a car load of cans. I was really excited,” Morphew states. “That’s going to be a good chunk of change.” She encourages students and parents to bring cans and bottles from home to drop off at the school.
Morphew has been a supervisor at Lawrence Jones Middle School for more than 11 years and has worked in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District for more than 17 years. Her daughter and son both attended and played sports Lawrence Jones.