Student environmental outreach efforts

Phi Theta Kappa outreach with Postma fifth-grade artist

A recent tree planting at Postma Elementary School honoring fifth-grader Carson Turner also celebrated a beautification effort with community partners Lone Star College-CyFair, Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce and Bridgeland.

Last fall, the college’s Beta Lambda Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa partnered with the chamber  to create a “Keep Cy-Fair Beautiful” Chapter. Affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Keep Cy-Fair Beautiful Chapter spearheads beautification and recycling projects as well as promotes environmental education.

In conjunction with the Texas Forestry Service, LSC-CyFair Phi Theta Kappans conducted a three-week program at Postma Elementary emphasizing the importance of trees in the environment. Fifth-grade students created a poster celebrating the theme of the National Arbor Day contest “Trees are Terrific, Inside and Out.” The Keep Cy-Fair Beautiful Committee judged the posters and selected Carson Turner’s entry as the school winner. Her poster was then entered into the statewide National Arbor Day poster contest. 

In recognition of Turner’s accomplishment, a Red Oak tree, which Bridgeland donated, was recently planted in front of the school in her honor.

This spring, as part of the LSC-CyFair’s Earth Day Week celebration, Postma Elementary School students’ artwork was displayed in the library on the Barker Cypress campus.

Other Beta Lambda Mu Chapter beautification efforts include planting beds in the Diane K. Troyer Community Garden located at LSC-CyFair, working with the Katy Prairie Conservation organization to propagate native plants and participating in recycling efforts on the college campus.

For information on Keep Cy-Fair Beautiful or Phi Theta Kappa, contact Sandra Harvey at 281-290-3282.

Delta Epsilon Chi recycling effort benefits family

Delta Epsilon Chi’s environmental challenge led to collecting and recycling nearly 7,000 cans to raise and donate $150 to the Ronald McDonald House.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, Lone Star College-CyFair’s DEX students took on an environmental challenge to see how many aluminum cans they could collect and recycle. Their eight-month effort resulted in 250 lbs. of aluminum and a cash donation to Wendy Pekar, director of Ronald McDonald House of Houston.

“The $150 collected from our students’ environmental consciousness will go toward supporting one of the 50 families in residence at the Ronald McDonald House,” said Melinda Becker. “I’m very proud of not only their dedication to helping our environment, but the zest with which they did it, knowing that in the end some deserving family would benefit from their efforts.”

The purpose of DEX is to assist members in the growth and development of leadership skills in the career fields of marketing and management.

For information on this chapter, contact Becker at 281-290-3284.