To commemorate more than 25 years in Corinth, Miss., Kimberly-Clark Mill Manager R. Martin Massey presented a $42,000 check to the Corinth High School Environmental Club today in sponsorship of the school’s “Green Way” project.

The “Green Way” is an ambitious, multi-pronged environmental stewardship project developed by the Corinth High School’s Environmental Club and Honors Diploma students.  It will “green” school grounds and create outdoor classrooms, promote environmental education and sustainability concepts, and expand student-led recycling programs in Corinth schools, at the Kimberly-Clark Corinth Mill, and in the Corinth community.

“The ‘Green Way’ project represents one example of Kimberly-Clark’s on-going commitment to our Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow principles and fits perfectly with our goal of promoting sustainability within the communities in which we live and work.  At the same time, we’re supporting students that are willing to think big and do something big for the environment, their school and their community while helping to educate future generations regarding the importance of environmental stewardship.  We are pleased to be able to sponsor this project through our Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow initiative in order to provide ongoing environmental education for the students of Corinth High School,” Massey said.

“Everyone at Kimberly-Clark has a commitment to being a responsible steward of the environment and a positive contributor to our communities,” adds Vince Overholt, Kimberly-Clark Global Nonwovens.  “Sustainability is crucial to our success.  It is a challenge, but we choose to do it and choose to work with those who support positive change, because it’s the right thing to do.”

At the contribution ceremony, Massey presented a check to the 2009-10 student officers of the Environmental Club. The Environmental Club, with nearly 100 student members, representing one-fifth of the high school’s student population, is one of the school’s largest non-athletic student organizations.

Also participating in the contribution ceremony were Corinth Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lee Childress, Corinth High School Principal Russ Elam, Environmental Club faculty advisors Greta Massey and Dana Bullard and “Green Way” partners Project Learning Tree – a national environmental education program of the nonprofit American Forest Foundation that provides environmental education curriculum materials for teachers and students through professional development workshops – and Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful, the local chapter of the national Keep America Beautiful nonprofit association.  Preston Padgett, a local Project Learning Tree facilitator, and Andrea Rose, Director of Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful, joined Martin Massey and the Environmental Club Officers in planting a tree to symbolize the start of the “Green Way” project.

“The students and faculty of Corinth High School and members of our Environmental Club are enormously grateful to Kimberly-Clark ‘Green Patrol’ employees for volunteering their time over the coming months in support of the ‘Green Way.’  Our students have a dream of creating green spaces that will be enjoyed by the school and the community, while enhancing environmental education and their recycling initiatives.  Kimberly-Clark is a true partner in this project by making this dream possible and helping our students to learn, and teach, the importance of making sustainability and environmental awareness a part of our lives,” Greta Massey said.

Primary goals of the “Green Way” are to install trees and landscaping that will curb erosion on school grounds and “green” areas through and around the school to create outdoor classrooms and enhance the enjoyment of the school’s outdoor spaces, and to provide ongoing lessons in environmental education.  While supporting the installation of the “Green Way,” Kimberly-Clark has also helped to organize Project Learning Tree workshops for teachers and students on sustainability, recycling, and other environmental topics.  Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful will assist the students in designing and maintaining “Green Way” spaces.

Kimberly-Clark will also support the “Green Way” with volunteer time provided by employees at both Mills through the company’s “Green Patrol.”  Launched in April 2010, the “Green Patrol” is a national Kimberly-Clark Professional initiative that puts “feet on the street at events that support clean air, reforestation, recycling, composting, and other activities that benefit the environment,” according to Kevin McVeigh, associate marketing director for sustainability for Kimberly-Clark Professional North America.  Corinth Mill employees will join Corinth High School students and teachers – all sporting distinctive bright green “Green Patrol” T-shirts – at the contribution ceremony and throughout the year in installing and maintaining the “Green Way.”

As many Corinth Mill employees have or had students in the Corinth School District, Martin Massey says employees are eager to join the “Green Patrol” in support of the “Green Way” project, which will make a positive impact on the school and the community.  “Employees appreciate the efforts students have made to institute recycling at the Mill and promote recycling at home, and recycling bins are now a welcome addition to the Mill cafeteria,” Massey said.