OKLAHOMA CITY — Students at Wallace Byrd Middle School, Coalgate, and Ada High School continue to be community leaders in recycling.

Students at Ada High School are gearing up to be community leaders in recycling.  The school was awarded a Weyerhaeuser grant to start a paper and plastic education collection at the high school.

Wallace Byrd Middle School and Ada High School were awarded Weyerhaeuser awards for excellence in recycling.  The schools are two of 10 schools that won $1,000 each in the 2005 Weyerhaeuser “Excellence in Recycling” Award Program.

The money was presented in a special ceremony in the Chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives at the State Capitol on January 26, 2006.   Steve Thompson, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, presented the awards with Pamela Baade, manager education and volunteer programs of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, and State Reps. Paul Roan and Susan Paddack.

Wallace Byrd Middle School received the “Excellence in Recycling” Award for the second year in a row.  Last year, Wallace Byrd Middle School class officers researched recycling and conducted a school-wide information assembly to start their program.  In one semester, they collected 85 pound of aluminum, 60 pounds of plastic and 320 pounds of paper.  This year, they plan to use award money to go toward the purchase of trees, reusable beverage containers for new faculty, paper recycling containers, transportation to market and for student rewards.  Four trees will be planted in front of the school to serve as a constant reminder that the school recycling program enables students to give back to the environment by recycling

Students in Krystal Joplin’s Leadership class will be researching the benefits of recycling and developing ways to use this information to teach others.  The students will provide every classroom, workroom and office at Ada High School with a recycling tub.  They will also come up with a collection plan and be responsible for getting the paper to the recycling bins.  Records will be kept of how much is collected and posted at the school.  Money will also be used to purchase two trees to be planted by the students as a part of their education campaign. 

Other schools receiving awards were: Overholser Elementary School-  Bethany, Coyle Public Schools – Coyle, Central Elementary School – Idabel, Douglass High School – Oklahoma City, U.S. Grant High School – Oklahoma City, Tonkawa Elementary School – Tonkawa, Bishop Kelley High School, Tulsa.

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