Grand Lake Elementary students learn importance of recycling |

Grand Lake Elementary students learn importance of recycling

More than 20 Grand Lake Elementary students carried boxes filled with paper, cardboard and plastic to a Valley Recycling bin on Thursday.

Once there, they sorted the materials into the appropriate bins.

Their teacher, Doug Goodwin, led the way. He has been teaching the students about the importance of recycling for the past week.

Fourth-grader Grace Little, 9, said, “I know it’s important to the environment. It helps a lot of things around us. Without it, probably most the things around us would look like trash.”

Little helped carry a recycling box with classmate Hayley Lawson, 9, who said it felt good to throw the paper into the recycling bin.

“You can use it over-and-over. It helps the environment.”

Hayley had been looking forward to this day, she said. “I’ve been thinking about recycling all night ” I wanted to do it.”

“You save trees and you save forests,” said third-grader Eugene Cisneros, 9.

Fourth-grader Nikki Johnson plans to continue recycling.

“You have to go get the recycling, organize them, and put them in the right box,” she said.

This is the first year students have participated in the recycling program at the school. Third and fourth graders plan to continue recycling the material every week or two.

“We’ll do it all this year, and next year too,” Goodwin said. “We hope to keep doing it.”

Boxes are set up for recycling in all of the school’s rooms. The third and fourth graders are in charge of taking it to the recycling bin.

Goodwin hopes that with the students’ help, other community members will see how easy it is to recycle, and follow their lead in helping the Earth.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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