Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Odessa Elementary Tops 15 Pasco Elementary Schools in “A Bag’s Life” Challenge

Odessa Elementary Collects More Than a Ton of Plastic, Tops 15 Pasco Elementary Schools in “A Bag’s Life” Challenge

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (December 5, 2017) – On Monday, Odessa Elementary School 5th graders accepted a bench made out of recycled plastic bags from contest sponsor, Trex, Inc., as the school’s prize for recycling almost 2,500 pounds of plastic bags between Aug. 31 and Nov. 15.

Odessa Elementary principal Teresa Love¹ kicked off the awards presentation, followed by Superintendent Kurt Browning², who presented the bench to the students and encouraged them to continue their recycling efforts.

Browning was followed by Matt Seaholm³, executive director of the nonprofit Plastics Industry Association. He taught students about plastics manufacturing and recycling.

The event “wrapped up” with the district’s recycling coordinator, Salinda Strandberg4, teaching the students how everything associated with gift-giving, from the shopping bag to wrapping paper, can be recycled (except for the ribbon).

Before going back to class, students autographed A Bag’s Life banner5.

For a 30-second video from the Odessa Elementary presentation, click here. The video follows the above sequence of speakers/activities (1 through 5). For more information about the recycling initiative and other winners, click here. To watch the gift recycling lesson, click here.