SAVE goes Green
SAVE's Recycling Club is recognized as the Outstanding School Recycling Program.
The SAVE High School Recycling Club's efforts have not gone unnoticed. The group was recognized as the Outstanding School Recycling Program by Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling. The club has been in existence for more than 10 years, recycling mixed paper, aluminum, plastic bottles and stretchy plastic on a weekly basis. Students are responsible for sorting materials and club coordinator Jessie Salway drives items to the local recycling center. The team effort continues when BPO Manuel Sanchez helps club members break down cardboard for mixed paper recycling.
SAVE staff encourages students who aren't yet connected at school to volunteer for the recycling club.
"When they are involved, students interact more positively with staff and other students, while also learning about trust and cooperation," said Salway.
In addition, recycling club members have the opportunity to do extension assignments related to recycling, such as investigating the life cycle of plastics, or researching how electronics recycling works in Anchorage. Often, participation in the recycling club is a gateway activity that gives these students confidence to become involved with other school activities.