St. John the Baptist School Awarded for Environmental Contributions

"We thank Planet Aid for this recognition and for partnering with us to make a difference in our community and planet."

This was the statement of Shelly Rose, principal of St. John the Baptist School after receiving the grand prize at the first Planet Aid Spring Clothing Drive Contest.

From April 11 to May 11, 2022, 26 K-12 schools from Missouri to Maryland participated in the contest, thereby generating 47,267 pounds of clothing and shoes.

St. John the Baptist School in Ludlow, Massachusetts placed first for collecting 4,970 pounds.

"The environmental commitment of Ms. Rose, the teachers, and students of St. John the Baptist School is a testament to what can be achieved when we work together," Amelia Trombley, Planet Aid New England territory manager, said during the awarding ceremony, where she officially handed over a certificate and US$1,000 to the school.

She underscored that the combined efforts of all the 26 schools resulted in 66.2 million gallons of water saved, 165,302 CO2 emissions reduced, and 18,905 pounds of used pesticides decreased.

"Your participation is a powerful tool for environmental protection," Ms. Trombley stated, before encouraging teachers and students to inspire more people to take part in Planet Aid's campaigns.

"Planet Aid is your ready partner. Our yellow bins and environmental services are available to schools and communities who are interested in sustaining positive climate change actions that will benefit not just the children of today but future generations," she said.

The contest is one of Planet Aid's School and Community Program initiatives to motivate the youth to protect the environment by leading cleaning campaigns, clothing drives, and other community activities.

Following the success of the contest, another nationwide clothing drive will be held in the fall of this year. Schools interested in participating can contact the School and Community Program team at