A ceremony was held at the Rhode Island State House, Thursday, April 22, 2004 in honor of Earth Day. The Rhode Island School's Recycling Club recognized seven schools for their outstanding recycling efforts.
Broad Rock Middle School
Several students are members of the recycling club that meet once a week and collect the recyclable material. Members of the recycle club thoroughly go through each bin to make sure that only paper materials are being collected. These students then give each classroom an individual grade based upon their efforts. Sometimes the grades are included in the morning announcements, which helps keep recycling in the forefront of each students' mind.
Teacher, Cathy Jaque's, and her class of fourth and fifth grade students collect paper from each classroom every week. The students then take all the paper material out to the totes for pickup.
The Meadowbrook Waldorf School
The eighth grade students maintain the recycling program at the school. As part of the program, they take a trip to Resource Recovery every year to learn all about recycling. These students then teach other students about what can and cannot be recycled. The third grade students are in charge of the school's compost pile.
Narragansett High School
Two teachers, Meredith Ashworth and Kristen Shea, took charge of the recycling program with their students. These students enjoy collecting paper from each classroom as well as their annual visits to Resource Recovery.
Peace Dale Elementary School
Fifth grade teacher, Don Waterous, has his students collect paper from other classrooms in the school. Janitors also drop off recyclable materials in his classroom. Because the town of South Kingstown does not provide for the pick up of recyclable materials from local schools, he takes the material in his car, on his breaks, and drops them off at the local recycling center. He sometimes has to make a few trips a week, depending on the time of the year.
The Prout School
Because the school has done poorly on the statewide recycling report card in the past, students decided to take action by organizing a recycling club. Club members collect paper and cardboard material from each classroom and gather it all together. Then a few members pack all the recyclables in their cars and take it to the recycling center. They fill about two carloads a week.
Wakefield Elementary School
Students recycle many different materials at school, including glass, plastic, metal, paper and cardboard. In addition, the students put on an informative environmental play each year for the entire town which has increased recycling awareness in Wakefield. The custodians are very instrumental in the school's recycling efforts, and along with the students create an excellent recycling program.
Past Award Winners
November 15, 2006 -- America Recycles Day Awards
April 25, 2006 -- Earth Day 2006
November 15, 2005 -- America Recycles Day Awards
November 15, 2004 -- America Recycles Day Awards
April 22, 2004 -- Earth Day 2004
November 14, 2003 -- America Recycles Day Awards
April 15, 2003 -- Earth Day 2003
November 15, 2002 -- America Recycles Day Awards