EHC Community School wins state Recycle Bowl

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Charlie Pritchard / Shawn Sullivan's self-contained life skills class, along with Betty Anne Morgenweck, secretary for the 21st Century Reach program, and custodian Jen Whisner were instrumental in making the program a success. Charlie Pritchard / Shawn Sullivan's self-contained life skills class, along with Betty Anne Morgenweck, secretary for the 21st Century Reach program, and custodian Jen Whisner were instrumental in making the program a success. EGG HARBOR CITY – Students and staff at the Egg Harbor City Community School embarked on a mission this school year to improve their rate of recycling. Last week they realized just how successful their efforts have been.

Building Principal Jack Griffith was notified that the school finished first in the state in the 2013 Recycle Bowl. To add to the city’s pride, students and staff at the Spragg Elementary School finished close behind in third place.

“We have made a huge effort to improve our recycling here at school and closely monitor breakfast, lunch and classroom activities to make sure we are recycling all we can,” Griffith said.  “It has been a group effort among several clubs and programs to make it the success it has been."

He said the Atlantic County Utilities Authority is giving the district new milk carton recycling bins for the cafeteria.

"Everyone has to be involved for this to be successful,” said Lisa Jiampetti, 21st Century Community learning coordinator, who is also the city’s mayor. “Staff members set the example and then the students had to make the right decisions on how to separate their recyclables.”

Jiampetti credited the custodial staff for going above and beyond.

The nationwide competition, titled Keep America Beautiful, is sponsored by the Nestle Corporation. Over the course of the four-week contest, a total of 12,750 pounds of recyclables were gathered at the school. That equates to 48.67 pounds for each student and staff member.

Of 26 schools in the state that participated, 23 are from Atlantic County.

For its efforts, the school will receive a $1,000 award. Representatives from the ACUA will visit the school Feb. 26 to recognize the staff and students as the winners.

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