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No Straw November raises awareness of environment


Students can participate in Palo Alto High School’s No Straw November by pledging to reduce and eliminate their single-use plastic straws to enter a raffle for one of 20 metal straws through the month of November.

Participants of the campaign took the pledge at the beginning of the month through a Google survey, and winners of the metal straws are announced weekly on InFocus through the month of November. There have been 170 students who pledged, according to senior Evan Baldonado, who coordinated the campaign at Paly.

“No Straw November was originally started by Shelby O’Neil, the founder of Jr. Ocean Guardians,” Baldonado said. “We decided to bring No Straw November to Paly in order to raise awareness about plastic pollution.”

After November, he encourages students to continue seeking ways to help the environment.

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“I would encourage them to join some of our environmental clubs if they’d like to learn more,” Baldonado stated.