GHS Students Perform “Bag It 2 – The Reckoning” at St. Thomas Legislature


Gifft Hill School students at the V.I. Legislature Building on St. Thomas pose for the camera with Senator at Large Craig Barshinger, standing far left, and Senator Shawn Michael Malone, standing far right.

Gifft Hill School environmental group students took their mission to end plastic bag use on St. John all the way to the Legislature on St. Thomas recently.

After watching a film about the impact of plastic bags on the environment, students created their own original skit, “Bag It 2 – the Reckoning.”

After performing the skit during a reception for the school’s Education and Resiliency Through Horticulture program earlier in April, Senator at Large Craig Barshinger invited the group to perform in front of his fellow senators.

The GHS students did just that — despite at least one objection from a St. Thomas senator — on Thursday night, April 19. Decked out in elaborate costumes, students traveled to St. Thomas thanks to help from St. John Community Foundation and presented their skit in support of Senator Shawn Michael Malone’s proposed measure calling for a territory-wide band on plastic bags.

“I would like to thank these wonderful students and their dedicated teachers,” Senator Malone said. “They demonstrated true courage, creativity and concern for our islands by coming before the Legislature this week.”

“Students from Good Hope School previously came out in support of the ban and I can’t thank all these young people enough — I am truly inspired by their enthusiasm,” said Malone.