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Bell’s Hill Elementary wins national recycling contest

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Bell’s Hill Elementary School was recently named a national winner of the Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl contest. Students in the school’s Garden Club, with assistance from the custodial staff and classroom teachers, conducted the campuswide recycling effort that led to national recognition for the school. 

The students joined more than 1,000 schools representing 550,000 students and teachers who recycled 2 million pounds of approved recyclable materials. The school’s recycling program involved the collection of acceptable materials throughout the school, movement of the material to the appropriate pick-up location, tracking the actual weight or volume of collected materials through standardized methods, and maintenance and cleanliness of classroom bins and larger recycling containers. 

“Be very proud of all the work that you did keeping valuable, recyclable materials out of our landfills,” said Isaac Nicholson, Manager of Recycling Programs for The Keep America Beautiful Recycling Team. “Your efforts to instill recycling practices among K-12 students help ensure that they grow up knowing the importance of waste prevention and recycling,” 

The national Recycle-Bowl contest is designed to galvanize or improve recycling in elementary, middle and high schools across America, and friendly competition is a proven way to motivate young people toward adopting sustainable behaviors.

As a result of the four-week competition Bell’s Hill Elementary won the national award for “Most Improved” school and will receive $1,500 worth of recycling bins for demonstrating the most improvement in their recycling per capita rates from 2016 to 2017.

The Bell’s Hill Elementary Garden Club, custodians and teachers who led their school to a national Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl Award

The Bell’s Hill Elementary Garden Club, custodians and teachers who led their school to a national Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl Award include:

Front row (left to right): Mrs. Deborah DeGraff (Bell’s Hill Elementary Science Lab Teacher and Garden Club Sponsor), Francie Mar, Juan Contreras, Alejandra Vasquez, Valerie Ramirez, Natalie Flores, Edgar Saucedo, Elijah Reid, Delilah Pesina;

second row (left to right): Carolina Herrada, Erick Palacios, Mariana Barrientos, Alex Rodriguez, Luis Pesina, Leobardo Gama, David Chavez, Angie Hernandez, Mr. Barry Horst (second-grade teacher);

third row (left to right): Ms. Jessica Gallegos (third-grade teacher), Kassandra Chavez, Rudy Ochoa, Ms. Diane Biarnesen (fourth-grade teacher), Linda Rivera, Ms. Lisa Roe (kindergarten teacher);

back row (left to right): Brenda Melendez, Virginia Mata, Ramon Rosario, Cynthia Gallegos and Janesia Mitchell.

Bell’s Hill Elementary Garden Club members search for acceptable recyclable materials at their school while Alex Rodriquiz (fourth-grade) prepares a bag full of cans for transfer to the local recycling plant.Bell’s Hill Elementary Garden Club members search for acceptable recyclable materials at their school while Alex Rodriquiz (fourth-grade) prepares a bag full of cans for transfer to the local recycling plant.

Bell’s Hill Elementary Second Grade Teacher Barry Horst (right) and fourth-grade student Edgar Saucedo (left) prepare bags of recyclables for weighing and transfer. Participants in the national Recycle-Bowl contest must track all of their collections during the four-week contest. Bell’s Hill Elementary Second Grade Teacher Barry Horst (right) and fourth-grade student Edgar Saucedo (left) prepare bags of recyclables for weighing and transfer. Participants in the national Recycle-Bowl contest must track all of their collections during the four-week contest.

Custodian Ramon Rosario used his truck to help the Bell’s Hill Elementary School Garden Club deliver metal cans to the local recycling plant for weighing. Custodian Ramon Rosario used his truck to help the Bell’s Hill Elementary School Garden Club deliver metal cans to the local recycling plant for weighing.