Meadows Elementary School is the number one school in Kansas when it comes to recycling. Meadows took part in the re-cycle bowl competition sponsored by Nestle Waters North America last fall. The competition involved elementary, middle and high schools from across the state. Meadows received a first place plaque and a $1,000 check from Keep America Beautiful.
Students recycled 10,703 pounds of materials or an average of 16 pounds per student over a four week period, according to Philicia McGee, Executive Director of Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County. Meadows Principal Nicole Dial told students they helped win the award. “You did your part by re-cycling. You threw things in the recycling bin, you recycled milk jugs and you helped keep our school clean, so good job to you.” Dial also thanked parents, teachers and custodians for help in achieving the award.
The $1,000 check will be used to upgrade the rugs at the school entrances. Dial told students that the new rugs will mean their shoes will be cleaner, the floors will be cleaner and the school won’t have to use as much cleaning products.
Nationwide, schools involved in the recycling bowl collected more than two million pounds of materials during the recycling competition.