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Students from James Rapp’s seventh grade class at Anderson County Middle School Dumpster dived to learn about recycling last Thursday as part of a special presentation and kick off by Bluegrass Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment, or PRIDE.
Anderson County schools recently received part of a $45,000 recycling grant through the group from the Walmart Foundation used to educate and promote recycling initiatives in Anderson, Garrard and Lincoln public schools.
The grant was used to purchase rolling recycling bins and small, individual bins for every Anderson County school classroom, according to educator Blair Hecker.
Thursday’s Dumpster dive was a “waste audit” to educate students on recycling and waste reduction, with the students later completing graphs and charts to show their work, Hecker said. One classroom from the middle school and one from the high school will be chosen for the waste audit activity, Hecker said, with a follow up at the end of the year. Part of the recycling kick off included a check presentation from Walmart’s director of public affairs and government relations to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
Public officials from the city, county and state government were also in attendance.