Ambassador Academy started Earth Crew

Ambassador Academy students (left to right) Zoe Slagel, Ariana Madison Matthew Hahn, Anastacia Rubio and Kaylee Wicklund have taken it upon themselves to help clean up the school by placing recycle bins around thier campus. Nov, 2, 2011. Darryl Webb/AFN

Darryl Webb

Some local children see that the earth isn't getting any cleaner. They notice the cloud of pollution around Phoenix that seems to be getting bigger by the day, and they have taken it upon themselves to do their part to help.

Students from Ambassador Academy started Earth Crew, a group that has plans to make a positive impact on not just their surroundings but on other people in the community.

They have created a recycling program in which bottles and paper is collected from every class. They also go around and pick up litter in the area around the school.

"We want people to know that we are going to help the earth," Anastacia Rubio, 9, said. "We know the earth hasn't been well-treated lately."

They have recruited students from other classes to help with their efforts. They plan in the future to talk to other businesses to build a partnership and a group recycling program.

"We want to take this as far as we can," Matthew Hahn, 9. "We want to do things little by little and keep going with our project."

Part of the curriculum at Ambassador Academy is to build leaders out of their students, said principal and superintendent Dr. Elba Reyes. That is why she is advising her teachers to help out as little as possible.

"This group took it upon themsevles to collect recycling and they are working out by themselves how to expand," she said. "Part of the curriculum is how do humans impact the environment and how do they impact it in a negative way."

One of these impacts is pollution and the students do see it in their everyday lives.

"You can smell it when you walk outside or when you look at the city you see like a black cloud," said Ariana Madison, 9. "We just want the earth to last longer."

Ambassador Academy, 3820 E. Ray Road, is a 501c3 nonprofit public charter school. They have open enrollment throughout the year. To find out more information, visit their website,, or call (480) 961-2214.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.