Incline youth to raise single-use plastic awareness

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Refuse disposable plastics: That’s the message Incline High School’s art students and The Generation Green Club are working on spreading this summer and fall.

Students and teachers from other schools, such as the Tahoe Expedition Academy, Incline Elementary School and The Lake Tahoe School, will be teaming up with the Incline teens to build a large-scale sculpture this summer to raise awareness about the growing problem of single-use plastics.

The entire community is invited to help be a part of this art outreach project.

In addition to the sculpture there is a “community read” called the “Generation Green Read” being encouraged by the IHS Green Club and our local librarians. The book is Beth Terry’s “Plastic Free, How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.”

It is available at every library on the North Shore and can also be checked out all summer long from Incline High art teacher Ann Clark. Thanks to the support of ISAEF and the IHS Boosters, we have many copies available.

This fall, author Beth Terry will be coming to speak to our community and it will be a big deal. Read more about Beth and her mission at Check out her book today.

“This project will be a quite a community affair,” sid Megan Rachlin, president of the high school Generation Green Club. “We’d like everyone to get involved in some way. Our plan is to help everyone realize the detrimental impact of plastics on our environment, our animals, and our own health

“We want people to know there are good alternatives and everyone can help by just saying “no” to single-use, disposable plastics such as water bottles and plastic grocery bags.”

The sculpture being built this summer will be a large foot made of plastic water bottles squishing the Earth. It is also leaving a large footprint.

The projected scale of the sculpture will be approximately 9 feet tall by 11 feet long. It will be lighted and placed at a prominent location in town.

“We’re not limiting ourselves to this community,” Clark said. “We expect our project to get national attention … not for the fame, but for the message.”

The sculpture will be built behind the high school this summer. If you’d like to help or get your child involved in this project, contact Ann Clark at

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