TRINITY — The video opens with students hugging trees, pointing out recycling signs on campus and scurrying about with blue recycling bins to pick up trash. It closes with students chanting about the importance of recycling.
On April 22, the Seven Springs Middle School students, who spent two weeks shooting and editing the video, were presented with gift cards and a vinyl award poster by Publix officials for winning third place in Publix’s “Go Green Video Contest.” The competition encouraged students in the five states Publix operates in to submit personal videos expressing their ideas about conservation and sustainability.
Lead the Pack participates in several charity projects each school year to raise money and awareness for groups like SPCA Suncoast, Runaway Alternatives Project House and Leukemia Society.
“It’s nice to see their hard work paid off,” said Principal Chris Dunning. “These students do amazing things for the community every day and year and it’s nice to have that supported.”
Dunning, along with Cpl. Clint Gilmore of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, was interviewed on camera for the video project. Gilmore is the school resource officer at Seven Springs Middle.
The students are donating the $100 gift card to SPCA Suncoast to purchase pet food and supplies. The shelter has struggled to keep its doors open because donations have been down, areas of the shelter have required refurbishing and last year, a water main break ruined the shelter’s store of pet food.
The students said they are grateful for the support they received from the school and teachers to do their project.
“Not a lot of schools have the computers and equipment we have and it enables us to do what we do,” Alana said.
Publix officials presented the students a vinyl poster with their names and award information to hang on their classroom wall.