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Whiz Kid of the Week: Christopher Newberry

This Nesbit student started a campaign against junk mail.

Whiz Kid: Christopher Newberry, 11

School:

Accomplishment: Christopher was very impressed with President Obama's inagural speech and decided he wanted to be a part of creating change in his own school and community.

Christopher wrote a letter to his principal telling her about his idea for change; "I want to reduce the amount of trash or waste that is going into our landfills. I think this will help our environment because the landfills in our area are too full and some people are even dumping waste into the oceans."

My Goal: I want to reduce the amount of trash at my school so that less waste goes to the landfill.

My Plan: "Junk Mail" campaign.

I want to reduce the amount of “junk mail” or as my mom says, unsolicited mail that my school receives. I will measure the amount of “junk mail” that is sent to Nesbit for four weeks then I will tear off the mailing labels and send those back to the mailer with a note saying “please take us off your list”.  I will re-measure the amount of “junk mail” after four weeks. This can help our environment in a lot of ways, for example; we will have less paper to throw away, the mailer will not waste paper and ink mailing my school a lot of copies of the same thing, no pollution for transporting something that is going straight into the trash.

The school principal gave Christopher permission to proceed with his experiment and the school secretary set up a special bin for collecting junk mail.

In just four weeks, Christopher had collected more than 200 pieces of junk mail that weighed in at more than 50 pounds! This was quite an accomplishment and was a big eye opener. Just imagine how much waste is produced in our city each month.

Key to Awesomeness: Christopher's key to awesomeness is his big heart. He truly cares about his school, his city and the world we all live in.

Know a whiz kid in Belmont? Send their information to laura.dudnick@patch.com.

leslie mcguire February 24, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Way to go Chris! That's a great idea you have.
Shirley Newberry Owens February 25, 2011 at 01:24 AM
This is my Grandson Christopher,And you said it right'',he has a huge heart,' he is always so concern with others, his school, and his town. He is always looking for ways to help. I am so proud of you Christopher, and I know that there are great things ahead in your future, I feel Blessed to have you as my Grandson. We your Family are most proud of you.Keep up the good work !!!
Cindy Newberry February 25, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Christopher, we are so very proud of you and your awareness of waste and its affects on our world. You have taken a step in the right direction for your school and community. Hopefully through your project more of us will accept your challenge. The Bible says, "and a little child shall lead then." Thank you for being the awesome young man that you are and for the example that you are setting for all of us! We Love You Very Much and are very proud of you!! Gram and Papa Newberry, Lakeland, FL. (Jim and Cindy Newberry)
Varti Patton February 25, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Varti Patton I am very proud of you for caring for our environment in your school and our community. Just for you to think to do this is a big accomplishment. If everybody in this world thought like you, we could almost have a perfect world. Keep up the good work and always think big and you can accomplish much more. It takes courage to do what you did and a lot of hard work. Again I am very proud of you. I love you very much. Grandma Patton
Laura Dudnick (Editor) February 25, 2011 at 03:47 AM
I agree, Christopher's experiment is truly an eye-opener. I receive so many pieces of junk mail and have always thought it seems like such a waste. Good for him to put it to the test!
Joyce Pierce Fitzgerald February 25, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Christoher we are so proud of you ! What an example for the rest of us. Our environment should be on all of our minds. Love Aunt Joyce and Uncle Brad
Helena White February 25, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Christopher, you are AWESOME! We couldn't be any prouder of you. You may not realize it at your age, but you are taking steps to ensure your children and grandchildren have a nice place to live. We all need to live by your example and show that we need to think of others, as this affects those in the future. We love you so much and can't wait to see all the great things you are going to accomplish in the future with that big heart of yours! Uncle Stephen, Aunt Helena and Christian
Charlotte February 26, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Wow Christopher,What a Wonderful Accomplishment!!We are Very Proud of You and Can't Wait for You To Visit Us Here In Alabama.We will be your students and You Can Be Our Teacher......Mr.Newberry!!Keep Up The Great Work!!!Love,The Owens Family

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