By Kay Braddock
It was all smiles Monday afternoon as kindergarten through sixth grade students relished in the results of their two-week paper recycling efforts.
In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, grades K through 6 competed to see which class could collect the most paper materials. Susan Tyler’s 4th and 5th combined class came away with the grand prize, amassing 1,456.2 pounds worth of paper products. Kay Pisk’s kindergarteners finished in second place, collecting 1,276.8 pounds, while Barb Sackman’s 1st graders rounded up the top three with a collection of 1,274.8 pounds.
A total of 6,759.6 pounds of paper products were collected and recycled, according to figures provided by AmeriCorp VISTA volunteer Stephenie Burr.
Teachers were visibly impressed when asked about the two-week competition, pointing out everything from newspapers, magazines and scraps of paper were enthusiastically gathered by students, parents and other family members.
Each night VISTA volunteers, who coordinated the recycling project, weighed the paper products and collected the materials to haul to the Miles City recycling center.
Although the winning class enjoyed a noon hour pizza party, VISTA volunteers decided to hold a Monday afternoon party for all of the participating students.
Sandra Brown and the Prairie County Conservation District sponsored the recycling party, according to Burr.
Students were given brown bags filled with stickers and packets of gardening seeds among other items in recognition of their recycling efforts.
Published April 28, 2010