NEW HAVEN — A recycling program initiated at New Haven Elementary School (NHES), and focused on promoting literacy, has resulted in the collection of hundreds of pounds of recyclables since its inception at the end of September.
The fourth grade classes at NHES gathered at the New Haven Library Wednesday to get an update on the project, as well as to present library clerks with a number of new books. The books were provided by a grant from Mason County Early Literacy, and serve as incentives to recycle.
According to teacher Shayla Blackshire, the recycling bins are located at the school. Bi-metal, cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum are all accepted. Once a student or member of the general public places 10 pounds of items into the bins, he can go to the New Haven Library to receive a free book. The weight of items recycled is on the “honor system.”
Books presented to the library Wednesday were ones appealing to pre-school through high school students. The library has contributed additional books geared for adults.
Blackshire said the program combines literacy and recycling, and is designed to get the community involved and excited.
“It’s a community and family effort,” the teacher added.
She said the school also has an environmental club, made up of fifth graders, that collects office and other paper throughout the school on a regular basis. The library has also pitched in, recycling over 400 outdated or damaged books.
Blackshire said the recycling program is now working with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Recycling totals will be sent to the DEP in April, where the program will compete for awards.
Anyone wanting to participate can take their recyclables to the bins, located near the teacher entrance of the school parking lot. Once an estimated 10 pounds has been recycled, the library can be visited to receive the free book.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.