CLOVER -- On Tuesday, people across the world will celebrate Earth Day, a time set aside to learn new ways to care for the planet.
At Clover Junior High School, it's something they've been studying the entire school year.
When Mark Hopkins became principal of at Clover Junior High last year, he made a commitment to help the environment.
"I've been here for a couple years and it always bothered me the amount of trash that we generated, especially recyclable trash," Hopkins said.
Students and teachers at the school have made his goal possible.
Seventh grade teachers Alaina Showalter and Wendy Howell took it upon themselves to put a plan into action.
Showalter helped secure grants to buy some recycling bins, and then Howell formed the recycling club, whose members go around the school to the different classrooms collecting the recycling bins. They also collect cans at lunch to be crushed and prepared for recycling.
The group ranges between 15 and 25 students, because some of them play sports and can't make it every day.
"We have meetings and we talk about things we can get the school actively involved in," said seventh grader Hannah Hearne.
They also encourage students to recycle at home, said seventh grader Carey Shook.
"I think it's important because if there's not as much stuff in the dumps, then we could have more room for animals, so that we don't have to knock that many trees," Shook said.
Aside from just showing them how to recycle, the school staff has also taken the time to show the entire student body why it's important for them to take care of the earth.
"When we kicked the program off, we did a week long curriculum during our academy period, which taught kids about conservation about the importance of recycling," Hopkins said.
They've held special recycling projects throughout the year.
"We had a cell phone drive this year where we collect the cell phones where anybody from the community can bring in cell phones and we recycle those instead of those being thrown into the trash," Howell said. "We've also started recycling old text books that are too out of date to put in the book depository."
The students have followed through with great enthusiasm, Hopkins said. They even made sweat shirts that had the recycling symbol with an eagle head in the middle to sell to the student body.
"The kids are the ones that make it work," Hopkins said.
It's important to teach students all about this at a young age, Howell said.
"A lot of my students said they've started to get their parents to recycle at home," Howell said. "The kids really impact their parents and their families as well the impact that's in the school setting."