High school students showcase projects aimed at protecting, improving environment

Mercy Career and Technical High School students created business plans and worked on creative solutions to environmental problems.

Hadas Kuznits
May 11, 2018 - 4:52 pm
Impact Philly Final Showcase

Hadas Kuznits | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Local high school students are improving the world through Impact Philly projects. On Friday in East Falls, students presented a final showcase of their environmental projects.

San'ai Parker was one of several student presenters showcasing his 2018 Impact Philly project. Mercy Career and Technical High School students created business plans and worked on creative solutions to environmental problems.

"I want to make people realize that they don't have to do something grand to take care of the Earth," Parker said.

This was part of his school's Impact Philly final showcase.

"Something as simple as recycling more or keeping a refillable water bottle actually has a large effect," Parker said.

Sophomore Jessica Martin also is ending the school year making a difference in the world.

"Right now I'm creating produce beds so we can grow produce and bring it to lower income environments," she explained.

Project advisor Mary Ruskey says seeing how far her students have come this year fills her with pride.

"Students are empowered to take on a challenge that they find meaningful and actually make a difference," Ruskey said.