Students join can challenge
Published 6:17 pm Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The students at Brewton Elementary School recently learned how they can help the environment as well as raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
Alecia Glaize, executive director for Greater Brewton Habitat for Humanity, spoke to the students in each grade last week about the Can Recycling Challenge. Each student received a plastic trash bag and a flyer explaining the rules of the challenge, which will run May 9-22. On May 22, the class who returns the most bags full of aluminum cans will receive a milkshake party with milkshakes donated by Burger King and each student will receive an award certificate. The teacher for that classroom will receive a framed print of the original Bernice Sims Habitat painting.
Glaize encouraged the students to be leaders in helping adults develop the habit of recycling their aluminum drink cans.
Another benefit to recycling cans is the energy savings. Glaize explained that recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours.
Recycling cans and donating them to Greater Brewton Habitat for Humanity will enable Habitat to provide more homes for people in our community who need adequate shelter. “There are people in Brewton and East Brewton who live in homes where their belongings get wet when it rains because of holes in the roof, who feel the cold wind through the cracks in the walls of their house, or who live in homes so crowded that several members of the family have to sleep on the floor each night,” Glaize told the students. “Recycling your cans can help us provide better homes for people who are living in these types of conditions.”
The Brewton Elementary School Recycling Challenge is part of the new Cans for Habitat project. A can collection cottage is located at the YMCA for anyone who would like to donate bags of cans.
Cardboard collection boxes are located at ballparks and businesses around Brewton and East Brewton to collect individual cans.
If you are interested in placing a can collection cottage or card board collection box at your place of business, contact Greater Brewton Habitat for Humanity at 867-0095.