Oak Hills is a certified Oregon Green School, which means we have an active Green Team that works to create and promote a sustainable culture in our school community.

The Green Team is led by a core group of parent volunteers, but we are always looking for more help, ideas and energy! All are welcome to join!

If you would like to be part of this awesome team, see us at the back-to-school picnic or send a note to greenteam@oakhillspto.org.

Here’s what’s required:

–As little or as much time as you want to devote to this effort (there is NO set structure or focus; it is all up to you, but lots of support is available for resources/ideas/mentorship)

–A passion for any of these issues (or others) as they relate to kids and families: walking & biking to school, clean air, clean water, reducing waste, conservation, climate education, school gardens, healthy foods, reducing food waste, green technology, community stewardship.

–A desire to help make small initiatives with a big impact in our school. See your vision make a tangible difference. Should we create a school edible garden? Install milk dispensers? Promote durable silverware use? Connect our kids with local conservation service projects? You can make it happen with a parent green team, student green team or combination of both.

Here’s some of what we’ve done in the past few years at Oak Hills: 

–Raised money to install 2 (soon to be 3) water bottle filling stations in our school, to promote reusable water bottles and eliminate the need for single-use plastic water bottles.

–Helped ensure that our cafeteria food scraps are collected and donated to food pantries each week through BSD’s Waste Less Food Taxi.

–Introduced compartment trays (instead of flat trays) in the cafetera to reduce the need for paper boats.

–Held milk carton recycling days to demonstrate how many cartons go into the landfill each day.

–Led student green team meetings each month on various topics, with speakers, hands-on activities and student activism. Brought delegations of students to the annual Oregon Green Schools Summit each spring.

–Presented at school assemblies about Walk & Bike Day, using just one paper towel, etc.

–Held two Bike Fairs, with helmet adjustments, bike tune-ups, giveaways and a safety course.

Hosted Family Earth Day, an annual event during the week of Earth Day, with about a dozen hands-on activity stations and local resources for kids and families to explore.

–Hosted school/community initiatives including Halloween costume swaps, book swaps, marker recycling drives, durable silverware campaigns, BottleDrop collections to raise funds for our school and more!

If you’d like to help make Oak Hills a greener, healthier, happier place for our kids, this is the team for you!