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Galveston schools collect 300,000 plastic bags

Students from nine Galveston Independent School District elementary and middle schools made their carbon footprint less visible over five months while competing in the "A Bag's Life Campaign," which challenged them to recycle plastic grocery bags at their campuses.

The schools together collected and then recycled more than 300,000 bags during the event, ended just prior to Earth Day. That translates to just shy of 5,000 pounds of bags that were recycled!

Johnston Farrow, communications specialist with GISD, sent out a special thanks to the Trex Company for providing the grand prize to the winning school. AIM College and Career Preparatory collected more than 163 bags per student to win the Trex bench, which is made from 10,000 recycled plastic bags.

Here AIM students take a break on their winning bench with Clean Galveston members Sheryl Rozier and Robert Evans and AIM Principal Jean Fullen and Superintendent Larry Nichols.

Parker Elementary School of International Studies came in a close second place with over 160 bags collected per student, according to Stephanie Hicks with Trex. Students there filled more than 100 of those large 30-gallon bags. Third place went to Oppe Elementary School of Coastal Studies, where the contest kicked off during America Recycles Day in November 2013.

The event was sponsored by Clean Galveston, the non-profit organization dedicated to making the city more beautiful through environmental projects like these, and A Bag's Life. Farrow also thanked Randall's for serving as a drop-off location for the plastic bags.

The Schools that participated:

  • Aim College and Career Prep Center
  • Austin Middle School
  • Central Middle School
  • Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School
  • Early Childhood University
  • Morgan Elementary
  • Oppe Elementary
  • Parker Elementary 
  • Scott Collegiate Academy