Grand Resource & Recycle Coalition announces Student Board Members Scholarship and Apprentice Program |

Grand Resource & Recycle Coalition announces Student Board Members Scholarship and Apprentice Program

Damaris AcevedoSky-Hi Intern

The Grand Resource & Recycle Coalition is looking for high school juniors and seniors interested in serving on the organization’s board for the 2010/2011 school year.Officials will choose one high school student from both West Grand and East Grand high schools. The student board members will attend monthly meetings with the board and will become voting members of the board for the school year.In order for one to qualify, students must write an essay, up to 1,000 words, describing themselves and the potential they have to reach out to the community to further their recycling and reuse. The essay should explain why they think they would be a good candidate for the board, including leadership potential and any marketing, organizational or creative skills that would help them become a board member.In addition to writing an essay, applicants must send in a preliminary plan of how they would approach recycling and resource reuse information to their community. The model should be as creative as possible.The Grand Resource & Recycle Coalition is offering applicants a “fun and rewarding educational opportunity,” states a newsletter from the organization.Students can pick up applications at their local high school or apply independently by mailing their application and essay to Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition, P.O. Box 306, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451. Deadline is Oct. 7 and decisions will be made by Oct. 28.The board members chosen will be in charge of developing a recycling/reuse outreach program for all grade levels for their respective school districts. Students will receive funding and assistance in implementing their program through GRRC.The student board members will be required to volunteer a minimum of 60 hours on this project. Once the students have successfully completed their term on the board for the program, each student will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to use toward the college of their choosing.”We are looking for young people who [can bring] a fresh perspective,” said Chris Sammons, chairperson of the board. “Our goal is to promote the way of life and to keep Grand County like it is. The students chosen will be the young face of the organization.”Grand Resource & Recycle Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to recycling and reuse education and outreach in Grand County. The organization received start-up funding from Grand County, and is in the process of applying for 501(c)3 nonprofit status.The group was created in response to the Grand County Recycling and Waste Resources Workshop during which many community leaders and concerned citizens expressed a desire for viable recycling programs in the county.The Grand Resource & Recycle Coalition’s mission is “to foster Grand County’s stewardship of community resources by increasing our opportunities to reduce waste while educating our community, strengthening our local economy and preserving our natural environment,” said a newsletter.

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