IB students go green, recycle over 600 writing instruments

"Granite Hills IB students with the ASB-provided recycling bins."

In 2016, International Baccalaureate (IB) students from Granite Hills partnered with the University of California, San Diego to recycle writing instruments. With the help of Waste Management and TerraCycle, approximately 600 writing instruments were recycled.

The project continued during the 2016-2017 school year as a group of dedicated students implemented the recycling program throughout campus. Granite Hills’ Associated Student Body donated $1,000 to purchase special bins for each classroom, and since the project’s start, more students and local school districts have joined in the effort to prevent writing instruments from reaching landfills. 

The ongoing recycling program began as part of an IB program service project. Granite Hills is the only IB school in East County and one of eight high schools in San Diego County to offer the IB diploma program to 11th and 12th grade students.

The International Baccalaureate Program is an internationally recognized curriculum that offers advanced classes designed to strengthen students’ intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills. The IB program combines high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement to develop a rigorous curriculum that prioritizes the skills necessary to succeed in a globalized world.

To earn an IB Diploma, students must pass six IB subject tests, write an extended essay of independent research, complete 150 hours of Creativity, Action, and Service activities, and complete the critical thinking course “Theory of Knowledge.”

Students who are not part of the IB program may also enroll in IB classes and earn college credit by passing subject-specific tests.

About the Grossmont Union High School District

The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) serves approximately 16,500 students in grades 9-12 residing in the eastern San Diego County cities of El Cajon, Santee and Lemon Grove, most of the city of La Mesa, a small portion of the city of San Diego, and the unincorporated areas of Alpine, Dulzura, Jamul, Lakeside, and Spring Valley. GUHSD consists of nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, three special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Career Technical Education (CTE) Program, and an adult education program.

More information about the Grossmont Union High School District can be found at www.guhsd.net.  

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