Monica School wins award
Abitibi’s Paper Retriever program contributed
to the success
The Missouri Recycling Association (MORA) recognized
St. Monica School, a school in Creve Coeur, Missouri with the Outstanding
Elementary & Secondary Education Recycling Award recently at
its annual recycling conference. St. Monica’s recycling program
has been in place for three years.
St. Monica partnered with Abitibi Paper Retriever®,
a free recycling program for organizations that want to raise funds.
The initiative begins when Abitibi Paper Retriever
places a green and yellow bin, called a Paper Retriever, in the
parking lot of the host organization. Abitibi Paper Retriever pays
host organizations for paper contributed to the bin by the organization¹s
community members, area residents and local businesses.
St. Monica’s recycling coordinator, Julia
Masetti, said the children learn about recycling in several ways.
The children are responsible for collecting recycled paper daily
and depositing each classroom’s container into the Paper Retriever
bin, she said.
Contests are scheduled throughout the year to
encourage and remind the families about their recycling efforts.
One of the schools’ programs has the students
bury different objects in the ground and then check on the stage
of decomposition a few months later. Masetti said this project teaches
the children about how much time it takes for items to break down.
This helps them understand the significance of recycling rather
than sending recyclable materials to landfills.