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One in an occasional series of check-ins on after-school life at St. John’s Prep. Curious to know more about St. John's? We'd love to see you on campus!

SJP Environmental Club at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead

Environmental Club

The Deets

Founded in 1990; Meets Thursdays until 4 pm; 15 members, grades 6 through 12; Co-Monitors are Mr. Matt Spearing and Mrs. Kerrie Tingle.

How it Works

The Environmental Club is a student-led organization that aims to create a positive influence upon the environment on campus and in the surrounding community. There are environmental-advocacy opportunities, outdoor adventures and the planning of exciting events like Earth Day, among other initiatives. Students themselves drive each year’s overall agenda.

Participant Quote

"I joined the Environmental Club in eighth grade because I wanted to make a difference in my community when it came to protecting and preserving the environment,” says Jacob Garland '21. “When I originally joined the club, I had a lot of drive, but no direction to focus it with. A year and a half later, there is still a lot of work to be done, but it’s been incredibly fulfilling to see the physical difference one person can make in their community. I love the Environmental Club because it gave me an opportunity to explore a new interest and develop it. Since joining, I have become a part of numerous environmental groups, and even started my own environmental blog. Saving the environment remains a necessity often lost amongst the distractions and other problems of the modern era. The fact that there is an Environmental Club here at St. John’s helps keep this important topic at the forefront of discussion, which is essential."

Moderator’s Take

"These kids are very motivated," says co-moderator Kerrie Tingle, the Prep’s assistant director of annual giving. "For me, it’s a pleasure to interact with the students and get to know them more, so I can do my job better. Not a lot of students come to the third floor of the Administration building where I work, so I was very excited to get involved. I think we should be doing as much of this on campus as possible and it’s so interesting to see what the kids are interested in as individuals in the context of the environment and sustainability."

First Semester 2017 Highlight

A December Winter Walk at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, a 25-acre property that is home to a private, non-profit house museum owned by the Danvers Alarm List Coy. Club members toured the grounds and walked trails around marshes and through woods to identify animal tracks and observe the property’s vernal pools, in addition to examining the raised garden beds on site with an eye toward replicating the project on the Prep campus. The homestead is a living monument to Rebecca Nurse, who, at the age of 71 during the Salem Witch hysteria in 1692, was found guilty of witchcraft and hanged.


William Boemer '21, Sean Buckner '22, Mattheus Carpenter '18, Jack Clasby '21, Henry Fuller '21, Jacob Garland '21, Marcel Joe '24, Jake Katz '21, Garrett Kelley '22, John Laffy '22, Alexander Melville '24, Maxwell Olson ’'21, Andrew Vo '21, Owen Warriner '24, and Miles Wauchope '21. 

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Student Life on Sunday January, 7, 2018

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