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Let the competition begin

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November 14, 2014

Galveston Independent School District embraced America Recycles Day in a big way Nov. 14 with a challenge that ends on Earth Day.

 So far, 17 area schools have signed up to compete in the A Bag’s Life Challenge this year. More than 350,000 bags were recycled last year and AIM College and Career Prep picked up the grand prize.

Austin Middle School got a jump on the Challenge today when they formally kicked off the competition during an assembly of Student Council members.  Decked out in their “Don’t Treat Me Like Trash” t-shirts, students were lead by Principal Cathy VanNess to sign the banner pledging their support to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Austin Middle School Principal Cathy Van Ness

Rodney Seller, with Clean Galveston and a second-year sponsor of the Challenge, explained the importance of keeping the island litter-free and recycling and reusing as much as is possible.

Clean Galveston, a non-profit partner of A Bag’s Life dedicated to making the island more beautiful through environmental projects, is an advocate of teaching students at an early age about littering.


Mindi Mebane, manager of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, a supporter of the program, asked the group to give a big hand to the Trex Company, which reuses plastic bags in the manufacture of its decking and furniture. Trex will award a park bench to the school with the most bags per student once the competition ends in April 2015.

Randall’s, another A Bag’s Life partner, will serve as a drop-off for the plastic bags.  The school that has the most creative recycling bin will win a $250 library donation from Clean Galveston. And every school that participates will get a prize for their hard work.

It was an exciting morning at Austin Middle School. So let the competition begin. And have a great America Recycles Day.