Alcoa Elementary School is seeing green. The school recently was presented with an Earth flag from Ijams Nature Center. The honor was to recognize the students and teachers for their commitment to preserving the environment and recycling.
Kristin Purvis, a paraprofessional at the school, said the initiative started with one group and spread. “The Community Club initiated this but all the students are doing it, and we’ve had good teacher turnout,” she said. “Everyone is working well as a team on it.”
Purvis said there has to be recycling in all the rooms in order to qualify. “We’ve done over 7,000 pounds of every thing from cardboard, to cans, paper and plastic,” Purvis said. “We’ve been doing it about a year now. We’ve got a really good system going.”
Purvis said the students also have to be reusing resources, and they have to do composting. “Instead of using one side of paper, you use the other side, too, and then recycle it,” she said.
Purvis said not many schools in the area have earned this distinction. Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning and Fairview Elementary each have Earth Flags from Ijam’s Nature Center.