Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Cathy Hillegonds
Ecology Club at Proviso East High School has a three-pronged focus: outdoors, outreach, and education. This year students have participated in an event with the Cook County Forest Preserve to remove invasive species from native habitats. Our students spent hours in the woods removing trees and shrubs that were harmful to the native species in our area. We’ve had the opportunity to visit the Trailside museum where naturalists showcased local plants and animals. Students also participated in the Village of Maywood Village Wide Village Pride Clean-up Day. At this event students painted park benches to beautify the city and picked up cigarettes from local parks. PLARN stands for plastic yarn. Students have used old plastic bags to weave comfortable and waterproof matts for the homeless. Ecology Clubs participated in Future Pirates Day here at PEHS to educate incoming freshman as to on our program. We’ve had the opportunity to visit the local Giving Garden sponsored by Loyola University that works to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the community. We’ve also worked with the RespiratoryHealth Associations to promote the Tobacco 21 initiative by creating a display here at school to educate students on the harmful ecological effects of smoking. We were able to go to The One Earth Film Festival where the movie Getaway Bugwas shown that details the benefits to our environment of eating bugs. Our students ate and enjoyed chocolate chip cookies made with cricket flour. We’ve had the opportunity to visit the Morton Arboretum where students had the opportunity to speak to scientists regarding their research. We are very excited to have implemented a paper recycling program at PEHS where our members collect paper from participating teachers for recycling. In the near future we are planning visits to the Brookfield zoo, the STEAM expo at Roosevelt Middle School, and a kayaking trip at the Trailside Museum. We are always accepting new members and hope to see you there!