December 2022 Branch Stories
1) Story from Jacqueline Zhou - Troy High Branch
TAE Troy was excited to host our first e-waste collection event (December Give & Share E-Waste Collections) on Saturday, December 17th. During the event, TAE Troy team members partnered with our school NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) program's volunteers and turned it into a great team effort through collaboration. The event started with a slow pace at the beginning but more and more donations came streaming in as the event went on. Overall, we collected about 1,900 batteries and 1,600 lbs. of e-waste from our school community.
This event truly marked the culmination of the Troy Branch's efforts, and ended our successful year with quite a bang. As TAE Troy continues its efforts into 2023, we will definitely be working towards setting the bar higher and continuing our efforts in finding more opportunities for environmental protection!
2) Story from Sophie Saibi - Silicon Valley INTL Branch
In December, TAE Silicon Valley INTL School Branch hosted a school drive to celebrate World Soil Day (12/5). The event lasted two weeks (12/5-12/16) and we collected a total of 3,048 batteries! We also received batteries from our two permanent collection bins in nearby senior apartments and collected an additional 513 batteries.
3) TAE Holiday Game Night
On December 29th, Thursday from 4-5 pm PT (7-8 pm ET), we invited TAE branch leaders to join in on a kids-only game night and have some fun together! We ended up having a great time and played a few rounds of skribbl.io together over a zoom call (congrats to Caroline from the Lynbrook branch for winning!). At the end of the event, we offered a sneak peek of our recently announced TAE New Year's Resolutions Contest—TAE Branches can participate in the New Year's Resolution contest by making a copy of a template/sample resolution (here), provided by the Operations Committee, which will serve as a template for the resolutions. The branch with the best resolution will receive 200 additional TAE points, with second and third place receiving 100 and 50 additional points respectively. If you are interested in participating, you should look over the resolution folder, where there are some great examples of resolutions other branches have made so far. While the initial resolution was due January 14th, we still would like to encourage branches to participate. We will be providing feedback on the resolutions in the next week or so, so make sure to check back soon!
4) Story from Katelyn Gan - Sage Hill Branch
The Sage Hill Branch had a successful December in terms of hosting E-waste events with one at the Meadows on 12/9 and one at Lake Forest on 12/28! The director of the Meadows was really grateful to be working with us on this e-waste collection event since we had worked with them in the past with battery collection and they had a lot of e-waste lying around in sheds and in homes. We collected at least 4 TVs from an outdoor shed filled with dust and exposed to the outside. Overall, we collected and recycled over 3,000 pounds of e-waste and 600 batteries from the Meadows. For the Lake Forest event, the community was really excited for us to be there since we collected 8,000 pounds of e-waste and 220 batteries from the event!
5) Story from Kevin Li - Bellarmine Branch
In December, school and tests were in their final stretch. Surprisingly our past outreach effort paid dividends. We got some batteries from a donor company, SuperMicro, and neighbors. During previous neighborhood collections, we left our address to some people and we put a battery collection box at the front door of our house, so they came by and dropped batteries off, too.
Stories from multiple branches
Formatted by the Communications Team
December 2022 Newsletter