Posted Date: 10/26/2017
Approximately one billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the United States, and according to Recycling-Revolution, this is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years. A typical American family also consumes more than 180 gallons of soda a year, often drinking from aluminum cans. Hettie Halstead Elementary’s student council is turning this trash into cash.
During the 2016-2017 school year, student council donated $68.43 to a Ronald McDonald House after collecting and recycling soda can tabs. With this success, Halstead student council members are continuing to collect soda tabs to help those in need this year and have taken on the responsibility of the campus recycling program.
Every Thursday afternoon, classrooms place their recycling bins in the hall. On Friday morning before school begins, student council members pick up the recycling buckets and take them outside to the city recycling bins contributing to the district’s contribution to the City of Copperas Cove’s single stream recycling program to which CCISD is the largest contributor.
Student council sponsor Thom Feather said student council promotes leadership skills and teamwork to participate in campus care.
“The goal of the Hettie Halstead Student Council program is to help our council members build a strong foundation to become our responsible leaders of tomorrow,” Feather said.
Council members including Mason McCombs are learning about environmental care and its impact on the school, community, and the planet through the recycling program.
“I like helping clean up the earth,” McCombs said. “Recycling helps us save the earth by not making more landfills.”
Student council sponsor Leann Kasper said the student leaders value their roles as council members as well as the importance of recycling.
“Our student council is made up of the student leaders of our campus who are not only wanting to learn about making a difference on our campus, but in the world where they live,” Kasper said.
Halstead students will track their efforts as part of Fort Hood Recycle Bowl Competition this year.