Students, from left, Devlin Austin, Jason Treadway (kneeling) and Erin Dykman with FCSD#25 Special Services Director Dallas Myers and instructor Pamela Pince with a recycling bin already filled with cans for next year's contest. (Ernie Over photo)

(Washington, D.C.) – Riverton High School’s Alternative Program won first place in the national and fourth annual Great American Can RoundUp (GACR) School Challenge by collecting nearly 7,000  pounds of aluminum cans this current school year. A mere 24 students collected a little more than 287 pounds per student to claim this year’s top honors. In total, schools from 39 states recycled nearly 95,000 pounds of aluminum cans.

Congratulations to the National Champion Riverton Alternative School students!

Dallas Myers, Director of Special Services and the Alternative Program said the school is active in recycling. “We don’t believe in a throw-a-way society, everything matters – natural resources and most importantly people. Our students at the Alternative Program have been recycling for over 15 years, and it is nice to see the students get state and national recognition for all the hard work they have done this year. The community, our teachers, and most importantly our students have all worked very hard to bring this award, this accomplishment to our home,” in Riverton.

On Thursday, three of the students proudly displayed one of their recycling containers full of aluminum cans. Instructor Pamela Pince, along with fellow instructor Kathy Mattoon, directed the can collection effort. Students Erin Dykman, Devlin Austin and Jason Treadway joined Myers and Pince for the Thursday photo. Not pictured was Mattoon and student Alex Jahnke.

“The kids are using the $6,000 prize money to buy more recycling bins for the district for next school year plus other supplies,” Myers said.  “We’re also taking the students on a celebration trip to the Lagoon water park in Utah this June,” Pince said. “As soon as the prize money comes in.”

Sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), more than 532,400 students competed to collect the most aluminum beverage cans from November 15, 2013, (America Recycles Day) through April 22, 2014 (Earth Day). As champion of this year’s challenge, Riverton High School’s Alternative Program will receive $5,000, along with an additional $1,000 prize for coming in first place within their state. The school in each state with the most pounds of aluminum recycled per student receives a $1,000 prize for their accomplishments in recycling.

The 2012-2013 GACR School Challenge winner, Valley Elementary School in Cody, WY, received second place in this year’s challenge, recycling an impressive 271.50 pounds per student.  For the first time since its inception in 2010, the GACR School Challenge had a record of 25 competing schools recycle more than 1,000 pounds of beverage cans. The challenge has grown from 250 schools representing more than 44,000 students in 2010 to more than 1,000 schools with more than half a million students.

CMI created the GACR to build awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling cans. At 50-cents-per-pound for the recycled cans, schools competing in the GACR School Challenge raised more than $47,000 for schools, local charities and special causes, in addition to the $56,000 in prize money offered by CMI.

“The growth of school participation in this challenge over the past four years emphasizes the importance of the educating our younger generations about the benefits of using and recycling aluminum beverage cans,” said CMI President Robert Budway. “The aluminum can is infinitely recyclable and has the highest recycling rate of any beverage package. It is important for our youth to be good environmental stewards through engagement in recycling aluminum beverage cans.”

2013- 2014 Great American Can Roundup School Winners by State

 

Alabama:  Holy Family Regional School, Huntsville

Arkansas:  Emerson High School FFA, Emerson

Arizona:  Sonoran Science Academy, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson

California:  Believe!  Manteca/Redwood High School Campus, Stockton

Colorado:  Bessemer Academy Primary Science Classes, Pueblo

Connecticut: Salisbury Central School, Lakeville

Delaware: Sussex Tech High School, Georgetown

Florida:  Palm Beach Maritime Academy, Lantana

Georgia:  Augusta Preparatory Middle School, Martinez

Hawaii:  Hanalei School, Hanalei

Idaho:  Skyway Elementary School 5th Grade Classes, Coeur d’Alene

Illinois:  Our Lady of Victory Elementary School, Chicago

Indiana:  Seeger Middle School Recycle Club, Williamsport

Iowa:  Columbus Junior High School CATPAC Wrestling, Columbus Junction

Kansas:  Newton Bible Christian School, Newton

Louisiana: I.A. Lewis School, Ruston

Maryland:  Crellin Elementary School, Oakland

Massachusetts:  Lynch Elementary School, Winchester

Minnesota:  St. Johns – St. Andrews School Student Council, Melrose

Missouri:  Saint George Catholic School, Hermann

Montana:  Fortine School, Fortine

Nebraska:  Christ Lutheran Elementary School, Columbus

New Hampshire:  Woodman Park School, Dover

New Jersey:  Weymouth Township School, Dorothy

New Mexico:  Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School, Albuquerque

New York:  Saint Amelia School, Tonawanda

North Carolina:  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, Rocky Mount

Ohio:  Wilcox Elementary School, North Ridgeville

Oklahoma:  Roosa Elementary, Claremore

Pennsylvania:  Conrad Weiser Middle School/NEED Environmental Camp, Robesonia

South Carolina:  Taylors Elementary School, Taylors

Tennessee:  Sacred Heart Elementary School, Loretto

Texas:  Fulton 4-5 Learning Center, Rockport

Vermont:  Champlain Elementary School, Burlington

Virginia:  Northern Neck Montessori School, Kilmarnock

Washington:  Lynden Christian High School, Lynden

West Virginia:  Sherrard Middle School, Wheeling

Wisconsin:  St. Paul Lutheran School, Bonduel

Wyoming:  Riverton High School Alternative Program, Riverton*

*GACR National Champion Recycling Champion