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Middle schoolers make sustainable step

by: Courtesy photo, Scappoose Middle School students pose next to three homemade recycling bins they constructed as a school project. Top Row: Tyler McDowall, Dallas Hamilton, Travis Gardner. Bottom Row: A.J. Banks, Riley Adams, Camika Anderson, Madi Henderson.

It took just two months for a group of Scappoose Middle School students to make their dreams of a greener school into reality.

Last fall, students in Erica Maller's health class began to raise concerns over the lack of recycling going on in their school. Under Maller's guidance, the students drafted letters to Principal Pam Reynolds with their recommendations of how to make the school more eco-friendly.

A handful of students then worked with counseling intern Nick Jenkins to begin plans to tackle the recycling issue, even if it meant starting small.

Eight weeks later, the students completed work on three homemade recycling bins, cleverly crafted out of plastic bottles. Those have now been placed around the school in areas known to be heavy with bottle trash.

The money collected from bottle deposits will be used in the student body fund, according to Reynolds.