New Lenox school wins state recycling contest
BY ERIN GALLAGHER Correspondent February 28, 2014 1:08PM
Officials and students from Tyler Elementary School in New Lenox, along with a representative from Nestle, display a mock check after the school earned a $2,000 prize for its recycling efforts. | Supplied photo
Updated: March 6, 2014 2:20AM
When it comes to recycling, New Lenox’s Tyler Elementary School is the best in the state, beating out 1,500 Illinois schools to earn a $2,000 prize from Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining vibrant communities.
The group organized the Recycle Bowl competition, sponsored by Nestle Pure Life water. Tyler School won after recycling 32 pounds per capita of plastic, paper and other materials — totaling about 12,000 pounds during the one-month competition in the fall.
“We have been recycling in this school a very long time,” Principal Deborah Moy said.
Special education teacher Jennifer Davis spearheaded the project, and, along with custodian David Pierce, weighed the materials before recycling them. They collected paper from classrooms and boxes from supplies, Moy said, and students recycled plastic bottles — aided by drinking more water as part of a healthy initiative through the school.
John Counts, a representative from Nestle, on Tuesday presented the school with a check. Tyler has 354 students in first through third grades and 50 staff members, all of whom participated, Moy said.
The Recycle Bowl involved roughly 700,000 students across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, recycling about 6.4 million pounds of material, according to a Keep America Beautiful news release.
Moy said the Tyler students are going to be involved in deciding how to spend the award money.
Teachers are making suggestions, such as more recycling receptacles. The school also would like to have a shade garden, and a bench there made from recycled material is a possibility.
“Those are just a couple ideas, and we’ll see what the kids come up with,” Moy said.