Newcastle students honored as Waste Watchers

May 21, 2013

By Staff

Students from Newcastle Elementary School are doing big things to help reduce waste on the planet, and they were honored for their efforts at Newcastle’s April 20 Earth Day Celebration.

All of the hours spent rifling through trash cans, sorting garbage and teaching others about recycling and composting paid off when the students received Earth Day Hero Awards.

By Greg Farrar Students from Newcastle Elementary School’s Waste Watchers program are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event April 20.

By Greg Farrar
Students from Newcastle Elementary School’s Waste Watchers program are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event April 20.

About 50 students gathered on the stage at Lake Boren Park to receive their certificates, all distributed by Miss Washington Mandy Schendel.

“All of these kids do a great service for the environment, so it’s our pleasure to acknowledge their earth-friendly efforts,” said Grace Stiller, the Newcastle Earth Day chairwoman.

At Newcastle Elementary, a group of about 100 students known as the Waste Watchers dedicate their time to sorting through trash cans to properly recycle and compost items. They also teach their peers about the merits of correctly disposing of waste.

“They volunteer their time, giving up their recess or social time to work in the lunch room,” said Kathy Keegan, a teacher at Newcastle Elementary School. “It’s kind of dirty and stinky, but it really empowers them.”

 

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