The students were awarded Friday by Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s Going Green Committee for collecting the most newspapers over a two-day competition.
Boston students collected a total of 2,560 pounds of newspapers, averaging about five pounds per student.
As a reward for the students’ efforts, the chamber presented each one with a gift card for a free ice cream from one of three chamber member restaurants: Cheeseburger Bobby’s in Canton, Chick-fil-A in Towne Lake and IHOP in Woodstock.
“Not only are students being taught about the importance of recycling, their parents are being reminded to spend their time and dollars locally when taking their child to use the gift card,” said John Barker of Delphi Global Technology and chair of the Going Green Committee.
The mission of the Going Green initiative is to encourage community members to conserve resources and implement green practices all while helping local businesses thrive.
Seven of Boston’s PTA parent volunteers who coordinated the recycling event also were presented with custom, environmentally friendly insulated shopping bags from Express Impressions.
Bascomb Elementary School came in second by collecting 2,068 pounds of newspapers. Ranked by weight, the other participating school were: Chapman, Sixes, Liberty, Mountain Road, Johnston, Holly Springs, Woodstock and Hasty.
Waste Management provided collection containers during the event and ultimately recycled the newspapers. The company also assisted in determining weights collected by each school.
Chamber President and CEO Pam Carnes said the students, teachers and parents of all 10 schools worked hard to make the competition friendly, educational and successful.
“The Cherokee County Chamber would like to thank them all for their participation and the hard work that they put in to make it a success,” Carnes said.
To learn more about the chamber’s Going Green efforts, or to participate in upcoming events, visit www.cherokeechamber.com/green.htm or contact Kelly Berryhill at (770) 345-0400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.