Representatives from J.C. Parks Elementary School’s Green Team received a proclamation to declare April 17 as Skip the Straw Day. Americans use an estimated 500 million straws daily, and this day is recognized to encourage the community to avoid the use of straws and help reduce plastic waste.

J.C. Parks Elementary School has decreased its use of straws by 5500 per month at school. Wade Elementary has decided to join the campaign and Skip the Straw this April. If people are unable to skip a straw, one can use a better alternative than a plastic straw such a reusable, compostable, or paper straw.