15 May '12, 5am

Florida School Sets World Record By Recycling

Florida School Sets World Record By Recycling

Kids at Sugg Middle School in Florida don't just learn about history -- they make it. For the last four years, students and faculty at Sugg have celebrated Earth Day by hosting the Recycling Round-Up, an event aimed at collecting as many plastic bottles as possible from throughout the school district over an eight hour period. But what started as a lesson on the possibilities of mass recycling soon turned into a heated competition on an international scale. When the program first debuted in 2009, spearheaded by Sugg Middle School social studies teacher Shannon DeGaetano, students managed to collect and recycle only 14,000 bottles . Although it was certainly a positive contribution to the environment, it wasn't exactly a remarkable feat. By 2010, however, thanks to some extensive community outreach, that total had spiked to a whopping 5,440 pounds of plastic bottles -- earn...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/florida-school-district...

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