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Forest Park Elementary School News

Students Present on School Recycling Program at AWMA Meeting

Ten students from Forest Park Elementary had an opportunity to present information about the school recycling program at the Air & Waste Management Association annual meeting this month.

For the past two years, the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) has provided funds to local schools to help support environmental awareness projects. Recently, they asked students to present to their board members about how the funds have been put to use and what impact the grant funding has had.

November 18th, eight students from fourth grade, and two students from third grade went to the AWMA’s annual meeting at CT Male in Latham to present about the recycling program at Forest Park Elementary School. Mr. Howlan, our building custodian, also joined the students, as he aids in our recycling efforts and helped students formulate their ideas for the successful funding request that was submitted last year.

The 10 students who presented are all leaders in our recycling efforts here. From Mrs. Brooks’ class – Chelsea and Christopher, from Mr. Brown’s class - Sydnie, Teagan, Sydney, and Shawyna, from Mrs. Budney’s class, Ariel and Haleigh, and from Mrs. Furze’s class Adrianna, and Evan. Upon arrival, they were provide with lunch and were introduced to the AWMA board. After lunch, they presented statistics on recycling at Forest Park and described their individual jobs to the room full of adults.

The board members were impressed that the recycling program at Forest Park is run by student leaders. They were also impressed that for some of the recycling streams at Forest Park, our school is the number one recycling location in the entire United States.

The members of the board were intrigued to learn that the money generated by the recycling program has been used for the school. Principal Penn, who was also in attendance, commented on the fact that in addition to the real life learning and leadership roles that students are taking on, the money generated through recycling has been used to purchase technology for Forest Park that would otherwise not have been purchased.