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FFA Collects and Recycles Papers At Crofton High School

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    Crofton High School FFA Advisor Stephanie Mann and the FFA chapter design a Program of Activities each year based on certain principles which consist of Building Communities, Growing Leaders and Strengthening Agriculture. Paper recycling became one of the new ideas for them that year. The FFA Chapter started this many years ago.  “This is a environmental awareness for both the schools and community” said Mann.

    This idea was presented by a former FFA officer and student, Megan Sage Mueller, with recycling the papers throughout the school.  Mueller’s idea has been used since it was introduced to the school. In each classroom a plastic tote had been placed so staff and students could recycle their papers.  At the end of each school week, two FFA members come around collecting all of the papers and placing them in plastic trash bags and take them to Mann’s classroom.  The trash bags are also purchased through the FFA funds.  FFA members collect about eight large plastic trash bags of papers each week.

    Every time you recycle papers you save the environment from being polluted.  Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, and 60 pounds of pollutants being released into the atmosphere.  Two million trees are used each year and never recycled.  If people recycled the atmosphere will be more clean and can save over 250 million trees each year. “We do this because it is the right thing to do for our environment” stated Mann.

    Mann and her husband take the paper over to a semi-trailer in Bloomfield, rather than having all of the papers build up at the recycling plant.  When the entire trailer is full of recycled papers the Ruritan Club sells the papers that are inside of the trailer.  The funds are then donated to Knox county to help many community projects for the citizens of this county.  Scholarships are also received through these funds too. Please recycle!

By: Hannah Stephenson