Wondering what to do with that drawer of old electronics – the old cell phones, broken mp3 players, cameras and more? The Hartselle Junior High School Leadership Team is sponsoring a recycling fundraiser to support the school that will last throughout the school year. The students want to turn “Trash to Cash” by recycling electronics, cellphones and ink cartridges.
The 25 students on the Leadership Team are selected through an application and interview process. They help out where needed during the summer months, greet students as they are coming to school in the mornings, make announcements, help teachers with their room decorations, help with open houses and select service projects to benefit the school and students.
The recycling fundraiser is one of the service projects the students feel will supplement the lack of funds after state and federal cuts, Librarian Beth Rabb said.
“If they’re to be leaders, we have to give them the opportunity. We feel like if they have the opportunity to be a leader at this age, then they’re more likely to be a leader in high school and in their communities,” she said.
Rabb one of the sponsors for the Leadership Program said the students are going through the Funding Factory, a program for students to earn cash and rewards with fundraising by recycling.
The funds earned at HJHS will go toward supplies, equipment and school activities, Rabb said.
The students hope to enlist the help of businesses in the Hartselle area to help. They have created drop boxes that will be placed in local businesses to collect small electronics, cellphones and ink cartridges. Boxes are available at HJHS, Hartselle High School and the Central School Board Office.
To display a collection box at a business contact HJHS at 256-773-6094.
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