Chicago school winner of PepsiCo green school makeover
PepsiCo announced that St. Cornelius School in Chicago, Illinois is the official grand prize winner of this year’s Dream Machine Recycle Rally “Dream Green School Makeover” contest and will be awarded $50,000 to help fund green improvements at the school.
St. Cornelius School recycled more than 885,000 beverage containers – an average of approximately 5,270 containers per student – during the 2011/2012 contest school year. To celebrate their recycling achievements, St. Cornelius School students and faculty joined Dream Machine Recycle Rally representatives and notable members of the community, including City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, State Senator John G. Mulroe and Alderman John Arena for an award ceremony at the school.
Approximately 900 schools in 34 states nationwide participated in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally, and an estimated 24 million containers – more than 1.2 million lbs. – have been captured since the program launched in 2010. In its second contest year, the Dream Machine Recycle Rally awarded nearly $250,000 in contest prizes to participating schools.
As one pillar within the broader Dream Machine recycling initiative, the PepsiCo Dream Machine Recycle Rally program aims to raise awareness among students, grades K-12, about the importance of recycling. Participating schools earn points for every non-alcoholic aluminum can or plastic bottle collected through the program, and can redeem those points online for rewards including school supplies, sporting equipment, gift cards and electronics from local businesses and national retailers. The more cans and bottles that are recycled in Dream Machines and through the Dream Machine Recycle Rally, the more PepsiCo will donate to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) to support career training, education and job creation for post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities, so that our nation’s heroes can make their own dreams come true.