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Midway Middle School teacher and Builders Club advisor Stephanie Hyatt (middle) helps BC members Leah Powers and Jasmine Sibley collect plastic bottles for the 2007 Students for Recycling campaign. - photo by Photo provided.
The Midway Middle School Builders Club, a division of the Kiwanis Club of Liberty County, nearly doubled its effort during this year’s national Students for Recycling plastic bottle collection drive.
The middle school students, along with help from Young Adult Liberty Leaders at Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School, accumulated 5.26 tons of recyclable plastic bottles this year, up from 3.4 tons collected last year.
According to Builders Club advisor Leah Poole, many of the students involved in this year’s event got an early start to the collection process and tried to nab every plastic bottle in sight.
“Some of the Midway Middle School parents told us they had bottles in their garage all summer,” she said. “The YALL kids said they stopped and picked up bottles they saw on the road on their way to school.”
While bottles from the 2006 campaign were used to create fleece jackets for children in low to moderate-income families, plastics from this year’s drive will be used to create backpacks.
If the BC finishes within the top 100 schools nationwide, the group will receive at least 100 of these backpacks to give to families in need throughout the community.
Final results for the 2007 recycling drive are expected in the upcoming weeks.
The collection drive runs from March 1 through May 31 and is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, Sam's Club and Aquafina.
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