Friday, May 3, 2013

Community School wins recycling award

$2,500 to be used for increased recycling efforts

Express Staff Writer

Express Staff Writer
    The independent Community School in Sun Valley has received a $2,500 award in the Recyclebank Green Schools Program Challenge for recent recycling efforts at the school.
    Led by the school’s Green Team and eighth-grade teacher Scott Runkel, the Community School received the maximum amount available from Recyclebank, a national organization with the mission of changing individual and community habits to where “nothing is wasted.”
    The Community School explained in a news release that the Recyclebank challenge was based on a point system for recycling activities and community awareness.

“You could watch videos, play games and take quizzes about responsible recycling and conservation practices.”
Krista Detwiler
Community School

    “The entire community, students, parents, faculty and alumni, really jumped on board to earn as many as possible,” stated Alumni Director Krista Detwiler. “You could watch videos, play games and take quizzes about responsible recycling and conservation practices. We even had an advisor group competition to see which group of students could earn the most points and the Green Team promoted the cause at assemblies, carpool lines and on social media.”
The news release states that the Green Team plans to use the award money to add more recycle bins around campus, to clearly label bins to make recycling and composting easier, and to set up a trash sorting and weighing station to keep track of progress. Funds will also be used to put motion-activated sensors in recycling bins to speak recorded messages that educate and “also make recycling more fun.”
    Further, the team plans to create recycling programs for sports buses, outdoor trips and the athletic fields.

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