This article by Greg Sukiennik originally appeared Oct. 4 in the Bennington Banner.
MANCHESTER — The single-use plastic bag debate in Manchester isn’t over — not as far as a determined and energetic group of elementary school students is concerned.
The students, among those who appeared at last week’s Manchester Select Board meeting to advocate for a local ban on single-use plastic bags as an environmental hazard, took their cause to the streets of Manchester on Sunday, staging a rally at the roundabout at Main and Depot streets.
The girls jumped up and down as they chanted their support for a ban. “We won’t wait for the state, no more plastic bags!” and “do something drastic, cut the plastic!” they shouted at the top of their voices, and cheered when cars passing honked their horns in support.
Harper Wilson, a fifth-grader at Manchester Elementary Middle School, had emailed a number of her classmates and friends on Saturday night about continuing to lobby for a ban. She and her friends assembled ahead of time to make signs, and then took their place along the roundabout shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Those friends included her younger sister Tamsin Wilson, and MEMS classmates Eliza Dopkins, Ella Cocheo, Melissa King, Sadoe White, Gabriella Garay and Stella Mathrese. Her grandparents, BRSU superintendent Jacquelyne Wilson and former state Rep. Jeff Wilson, also looked on.
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