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  • Nov 20th - Nov 20th, 2019 - Gr. K–2 Musical Revue/Art Show
    6 p.m. - SS

  • Nov 25th - Nov 25th, 2019 - BOE Regular Meeting
    6:30 p.m. - Administration Building

  • Nov 27th - Nov 29th, 2019 - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY — SCHOOLS CLOSED

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posted: Thu, Nov 14th, 2019


Grace Hubbard and Riley Kazan stand in one week's plastic collection

Helping the environment

In just five weeks, Sandshore students and staff prevented nearly 600 pounds of plastic from entering area landfills and possibly even the ocean. The school is collecting plastic bags for recycling – an effort that puts the focus on protecting the environment and reducing the consumption of single-use plastic products.

The collection will continue throughout the year. However, between November 15 (America Recycles Day) and April 15, the school will compete in the 13th annual Trex Annual Recycling Challenge. Sponsored by Trex, a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and other outdoor materials, the program challenges schools to collect the most plastic bags. Schools of equal size in the same geographic area are grouped together and the school in each group with the highest collection total will receive a buddy bench made from Trex composite material.

Sandshore’s bags are weighed each week and then brought to Target, a designated drop-off location. The collection totals during the competition will be reported monthly to Trex. Winning schools will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

“Although the competition is very exciting for students, they are really focused on making a difference in their community,” said Elena Melekos, school counselor. “They love seeing how much plastic is being brought it. The project is helping them be aware of how much plastic they themselves are using every day.”

Sandshore’s Kindness Ambassadors are actively involved in the recycling effort. The ambassadors, fourth- and fifth-graders who assist with schoolwide service projects, help with weighing the plastic. During the weekly PA announcement of the collection total, ambassadors also share facts about plastic and how it impacts animal and marine life.

Plastic that can be donated for recycling includes:

  • Grocery and retail bags

  • Bread bags

  • Case overwraps

  • Dry cleaning bags

  • Newspaper sleeves

  • Ice bags

  • Ziploc and other resealable bags

  • Produce bags

  • Bubble wrap

  • Salt bags

  • Cereal bags

Last year, the Trex Annual Recycling Challenge encouraged the recycling of more than 500,000 pounds of bags.

School counselor Elena Melekos loads security officer Stan Dutkus' truck which is used to transport the bags to be recycled
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