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Class Act: HHS Recycling Progam

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For the past 4 years, students at Helena High have been stepping up their game when it comes to recycling.

In this week's Class Act, Beartooth NBC’s Aniseh Hamour spoke with the class that handles the school's recycling program to find out what it takes to get stuff sorted and recycled.  Every Friday, the students in Helena High School's Environmental Studies class empty the schools 30 recycling bins.

Jasper Baker, Helena High School Senior, says, "Take off all our stuff, get gloves on and then grab spray bottles and paper towels and go to each recycling bin around the school and take off lids and clean them and take out all the bottles and if it's full take it out and recycle it."

The students learn to work together to get the job done.  It's not just emptying the bins and sending bottles and cans to the recycling center, the kids have to put in a little bit of elbow grease.

Brandon Blacker, Helena High School Senior, says, "We look inside if there's any food or anything else, we take the food out, put it in the trash can, and for the plastics we take the lids off and throw the lids away, It's kinda dirty."

One of the class' teachers, Jill Van Alstyne says she hopes the program teaches the kids to make better choices.

Jill Van Alstyne says, "I think a lot of students throw away garbage without thinking about it and when they have to sort through the garbage they think about it."

Her students seem to be taking away the right message.

Jasper Baker "We recycle so we can keep the bottles in cycle form turn plastic back into plastic bottles so they don't end up in a landfill."

Teaching kids to make better choices when tossing bottles and cans makes Helena High School's Environmental Studies class a Class Act.  Helena High School also has a paper recycling program that is headed up by a different class.


Story by Aniseh Hamour, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center of Helena.
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