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North Fulton Recycling Contest So Elementary

Ten Metro Atlanta elementary schools are heading into the backstretch of the A Bag’s Life plastic bag collection competition and it’s anyone’s guess which one will take home the grand prize. 

What a great way for North Fulton County to honor America Recycles Day.

Already, nearly 1,200 pounds of bags and wraps have been recycled by students in Roswell, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs schools. For nearly two months students have gathered plastic bags and wraps at home and brought them to be recycled at school.   

The school that collects the most bags by weight per student will win a Trex Company bench, made from 10,000 recycled bags. 

Atlanta Academy students, above, have worked really hard, says science teacher Jessica Ferreyra, whose Jeep was filled to the brim last week on a trip to the Roswell Recycling Center.

Spalding Drive Elementary did a bang-up-job decorating their Trex bin and these creative students are in it to win it, said teacher Ellen Fenoglio.

Once the bins at school are full, the bags and wraps are weighed and taken to the Roswell Recycling Center, Sandy Springs Recycling Center or a store that takes them back. Thanks to Publix and Walmart for participating. 

At Dunwoody Springs Elementary, the bags and wraps have been coming in at warp speed, said Project Based Learning Lead Richard DiBartolo. The school already has collected nearly 200 pounds of bags and wraps.  

Media and technology instructor Heidi Glenn shows the early results of collecting at Mimosa Elementary, where the kickoff was held in September to get the recycling contest going. A big thumbs up to Principal Ariane Holcombe, Roswell City Administrator Kay Love, City Councilmember Rich Dippolito and Roswell Recycling Center Supervisor Trevor William for their help getting third graders excited about the contest. 

At the Schenck School, 4th grade science students are learning about recycling from teachers Kathleen Monaco and Jason Ralls. Kathleen said the students are enjoying the exercise and that “it’s given them a strong sense of purpose.” Other grade level classes also are learning about recycling plastic bags, including Roberta Miller’s 3rd grade class, Jill Marshall's kindergarten and 1st grade science classes, Allison Vinson's 5th grade science class and Hart Stuck's 5th grade class. 

Woodland Elementary STEM Coordinator Angela Ergle and Assistant Principal Terry Harness offered this collection photo and explained that the contest is highlighted daily through a TV in the main area of the school. Angela said the students are excited about the bench and are determined to win. 

Good luck to all the participating schools: Mimosa Elementary, Mountain Park Elementary, Atlanta Academy, Medlock Bridge Elementary, Dunwoody Springs Elementary, Lake Forest Elementary, Schenck School, Woodland Elementary, Spalding Drive Elementary and High Point Elementary. 

And a big shout out to A Bag’s Life sponsors for this event: The Georgia Recycling Coalition, Fulton County, Keep Johns Creek Beautiful, Keep Roswell Beautiful, Sandy Springs Recycling Center, City of Alpharetta, Trex Company, North Fulton Evergreen Schools and Keep North Fulton Beautiful.