National Champion

National Champion
National Champion

The Technology Academy at Bon Air Elementary School was named the 2016 State and National Champion of the Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl, a national recycling competition for elementary-, middle-, and high-school students and teachers.

Competing against nearly 1,300 schools spanning 47 states and the District of Columbia, Bon Air Elementary students recycled 48.7 pounds of materials per student and teacher in the competition, which took place during four weeks in Fall 2016, culminating on America Recycles Day on Nov. 15th.

More than 700,000 students and teachers participated in the Recycle-Bowl, striving to recycle as much as possible. According to Keep America Beautiful officials, recyclables recovered during the 2016 competition totaled 2.2 million pounds, which prevented the release of 3,150 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Keep America Beautiful officials noted in a press release that this reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from 655 passenger cars.

Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling of Keep America Beautiful, noted: “We are so proud of Bon Air Elementary for exemplifying the mission of Recycle-Bowl. It is encouraging to see students get so excited about recycling both at school and at home.”

As the winner of the annual recycling competition, Bon Air will receive a recycled content plastic park bench, courtesy of Trex, and $1,000 worth of recycling bins from Busch Systems.

Bon Air Assistant Principal Lyndsi Smith is delighted that the work of her students and staff is being recognized.

“Bon Air schools and our community are committed to helping protect our environment, and participating in the Keep America Beautiful program is another way our students, staff, and families can make a difference. Thank you, Keep America Beautiful, for allowing the Bon Air schools community to help the world!”

 

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