A pair of Grade 5 students at Anne Roberts Young Elementary have spearheaded a new in-school recycling program.
Beau Almeida and Evan Nabseth came up with the initiative on their own, consulting with Recycle It Resource Recovery and the Northern Environmental Action Team to make the idea a reality.
The pair penned a letter to parents and guardians noting few classrooms were recycling “anything more than paper,” and outlined how they would accomplish their goals.
The two students surveyed the class for recycling needs and even found sponsors to fund the project. Small bins have been placed in classrooms for students and staff to use, with larger bins on site to collect all the recyclable material.
"We couldn't have done it without the teachers' help. I like that we got to do things like talking to the people at NEAT," said Almeida.
"What I like about it is that I get to learn more about my interests," added Nabseth.
Principal Boyden Bennett says the kids deserve all the credit for coming up with the idea and making it happen.
"It was their inquiry project they were doing for class," said Bennett. "They came to me and said they'd like to start a recycling program."
"They spearheaded the whole thing. They're awesome, they rock," he said.
Lindsay Heal of Recycle It said she's happy to have helped bring the students' project to fruition.
"The kids are really excited and they have recycling committee set up at the school," said Heal.
Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News