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Thunderbolt Recycling Club goes to work when fellow students head home

 8th graders leave legacy of recycling.
8th graders leave legacy of recycling.

A group of Thunderbolt Middle School eighth graders are making a difference one recycling bin at a time.

Every Tuesday, for the past two years, when the bell rings at 2:30 p.m., instead of packing up to go home a dedicated handful of students take to the halls and collect more than 40 recycling bins from classrooms filled to the brim with paper.

A founding member of the Recycling Club, Faith Davis, is happy she can make a difference to protect the environment, and do it at her school.

“Think about what we are throwing away,” Davis said. “There are so many students here and everyone has homework. Most of what goes into the trash is paper, which is easily recyclable. I am super proud we are doing this, and I feel that everyone is enjoying recycling.”

Although the club’s academic advisor, Thunderbolt Principal Mari Jo Mulligan lets her students run the recycling program, she couldn’t be more pleased of what they’ve accomplished.

“I really had nothing to do with this expect to help them if they ran into any barrier,” Mulligan said. “When I think about what I want to do for the kids here at Thunderbolt, this is a perfect picture. They had the idea. They pitched it the right way and have followed through with it 100 percent of the time. The outcome has been the exciting part. Now, these students will train the seventh graders to continue on.”

Thunderbolt’s Recycling Club members know that every little bit counts.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, every year, roughly 1 billion trees worth of paper are discarded in the U.S.

Founding club member Aliya Miller also enjoys doing her part to help the environment, but it’s more than just that, she said.

“Being in this club has brought me responsibility and friendship,” Miller said. “When we first started this there was hardly any paper in the bins and now I’m getting some muscles.”



by David Louis, Today's News-Herald*
Jan 22, 2018

*used with permission

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