The first year of a recycling program run by third grade students at Wolcott Mills Elementary School has been a great success.
Third grade teacher Jill Grady reported that the program collected 71 pounds of plastic/glass/tin, 1,283.25 pounds of paper, and 238.5 pounds of cardboard.
The program began in the fall, with students volunteering each week to miss recess in order to collect recyclable materials from each class. The students also weighed each week’s collection and tracked the progress throughout the year.
Grady noted that the recycling really cut down on what was put out in the trash from the school during the year. Grady also pointed out that, when looking at the amount of paper recycled, Wolcott Mills had three teachers retire and clean out their rooms.
The school plans to continue the program next year.