Chewonki tries to inspire students to realize their power to make good change in the world so we’re always gratified and inspired to see young leaders pushing their communities toward sustainability. Kate Talano of Semester 55 is doing just that. After spending last fall at Maine Coast Semester, this Floridian went back to her home school, Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, and designed a curriculum for teaching the middle-school students at Seacrest about recycling. She also started a Sustainability Club and next year, as a senior, she’ll be co-teaching an environmental issues class. Kate told the Naples News that her semester at Chewonki “was life-changing for me and inspired me to give back to my local community. I have dedicated my time in trying to educate and inspire others about the importance of sustainability.” Learn more about Kate’s efforts here. Meanwhile, on the other end of eastern seaboard, Bella Rossborough, a fifth-grader in Kennebunk, Maine, who saw Chewonki’s Zero Waste Challenge presentation when she was in third grade, is helping to lead a campaign to ban single-use plastic bags in her town. She and a fellow fifth-grader have partnered with the town’s Energy Efficiency Committee to draft an ordinance that would ban thin plastic bags with integral handles, common in supermarkets and many other stores. Kennebunk townspeople will vote on the ordinance in June. Read more about Bella’s campaign here. Best of luck to Bella.