Myfanwy Owen
Campaigning again!
Sun May 13, 2018 15:59

While Myfanwy could usually be found in the outdoor classroom, today any staff or students who might be looking for her would be able to find her in the library. They would also know precisely where and when to locate her because of the fliers she had posted around the school the previous day. The lovely librarian had helped Myffi to set up one of the tables usually used for studying with a range of objects: one of the posters that was scattered around school stood centrally, advertising the recycling fair that would be held a few Sundays from now; a small selection of - in Myffi’s opinion - the most informative books in the school library detailing why recycling was so important were spread out to draw attention, and were joined by three recycled glass jars. The first was a simple, clean, old jam jar that had been repurposed as a stationery storage pot, currently full of colouring pencils to demonstrate its purpose. The second had obvious roots as an exact replica of the first jar, although it had been delicately painted all over with an intricate, colourful scene of flowers and fairies in the twilight, illuminated by the flame of the candle burning within. The third item was a glass teapot, clearing demonstrating its function with tea and leaves fully visible through its transparent walls; one could infer it had begun life as a jar not at all dissimilar from the two beside it.

“Rocky Mountain International is having a recycling fair,” she told anyone who came into the library that morning, whether the seemed interested in her stand or not. “There’ll be activities and competitions open to all students,” she would elaborate if given half the chance, “and a short presentation about reducing waste in really easy, manageable ways.” Myfanwy would be speaking for the ten minutes she had allotted for delivery and questions, but there were lots of interactive activities for all ages and abilities. They included experimenting with featherlight charms on paper aeroplanes made out of history of magic assignments submitted a decade ago, building a shelter in pairs using nothing but magic and newspaper, and a contest to see who could crush the most aluminium cans in a minute. The main competition - advertised on the posters - was for the best submission of anything made from recycled waste: it could be something functional, like a pencil pot, or something beautiful, like a piece of artwork. The vendors in Pearl Street had generously donated some prizes, which Myffi was looking forward to distributing.

“Have you got any ideas for an entry?” she asked a student who didn’t seem completely disinterested. “It can be anything at all, so long as it’s made by reusing, repurposing, or recycling,” the sixth year explained with a smile. “There’s plenty of rubbish made at RMI every day, it should be super easy to get hold of something.”

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