Stewarttown Public School has used the profit generated from a recycling project that involved collecting 200,000 soda can tabs to help a family in need.
The Halton Hills school recently brought its three-year collection of tabs to Moffat Scrap Metal in Campbellville for recycling. The collection officially weighed 54.5 kg (or 120 pounds). The decision was made to use the money to go toward the cost of a wheelchair for a local family.
The large haul of tabs, filling 10, five-litre water bottles, was transported to the scrap facility via two staff vehicles.
“We are extremely proud of the leadership of our students promoting many different environmental initiatives throughout the student community and beyond,” said Vice-Principal, Dawn Lazerte, noting this initiative connects to the Science curriculum including eco-awareness and conservation. “We hope students learned that every little bit helps and when people come together to combine their efforts, a lot can be accomplished.”
Through this recycling effort, Stewarttown has gone from being Bronze certified to Eco-gold certified, Lazerte said.
What is Stewarttown Public School’s next humanitarian project? They will be assisting the Doctors Without Borders organization, and the work has already started.
Dozens of students have been trained to learn how to weave plastic milk bags into mattresses. Each week, students work on a mattress, which contains eight square sections, requiring approximately 500 milk bags. These mattresses serve many purposes including for sleep and for packing medical supplies rather than using bubble wrap.