One Waxahachie junior has made it her mission to make Waxahachie ISD more eco-friendly. Her first destination is Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium.

Caitlin Richardson marches in the Waxahachie High School band and even played two years of soccer for the school. During her time spent off the field after games, she observed a problem with a feasible solution.

“Whenever my dad and I saw overflowing trash cans of recyclable bottles, you just know those can be helping out the environment and everything else. But, they are being thrown away and are making our stadium look messy and dirty,” Caitlyn advocated.

She agreed to be passionate about living an eco-friendly lifestyle. The Richardson family recycles and also holds each other accountable when it comes to the proper disposal of their waste.

Caitlin’s first step was to discuss the solution with now-former Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn. “He promoted it and said he loved it,” Caitlin relayed. Glenn then suggested she speak with community clubs and businesses to spread the word.

Waxahachie ISD has agreed to assist in the distribution of the recycle bins, allow the bins to be placed throughout Lumpkins Stadium and to dispose of the recycle bottles to a certified recycling center.

Her discussion with Glenn established that 20 recycling bins at Lumpkins Stadium would be sufficient. She relayed how Glenn also showed interest in distributing the green bins at other Waxahachie ISD fields and facilities like Richards Park and the high school cafeteria.

A business can sponsor a recycling bin for $250, which covers the price of the bin, shipping charges and printing of the company logo that will be placed on two sides of the container. Each logo is good for five years.

“I think it’s good that the businesses purchasing it can be recognized by our community and since sometimes big companies come in and take away businesses business, they get recognition and people will see that and boost the community economically,” Caitlin said.

As a family, the Richards sat down and decided the 42-gallon, forest green recycling bins would be ideal since it resembles the school’s spirit color and is not the same color as the non-recycling bins at the field.

In Caitlin’s mission, she has stepped a little out of her comfort zone and challenged herself.

Caitlin’s mother, Paige Richardson, said, “I’m very excited for her and happy for her. Part of the initiative was from my brother and his wife up in Boise, telling her that she might want to consider doing something [for college applications].”

Caitlin has been an officer in student council for the past two years and hopes to serve as vice president this year. She also hopes to join Interact to establish a community-service resume as she prepares early for applying to colleges. She also holds a leadership role in a youth group at First Baptist Waxahachie. She aims to study biology with hopes of one day becoming a surgeon.

“I’ve always have wanted to make my mark but never knew how — especially ever since I’ve gone to the Rachel meetings about the high school shooting. She was always like, ‘make your mark.’ And I’ve always wanted to but don’t think I knew how,” Caitlin said. “Whenever I saw that and came up with the idea it got me excited because I knew I was making my mark in the community by doing this.”

For more information on how to purchase a recycling bin, call Caitlin’s father’s office at 972-923-2881.

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450