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Union Pleasant’s marker recycling fuels environmental awareness

LEADING THE MARKER COLLECTION — Pictured, front row, from left: Katherine Hennessy, Taylor Bellanti, Nathan Mascia, Anna Reagan and Adam Beiter. Back row: Marissa Schmitz, Ben Kisker, Emmett Simonsen, Matt Diamond and Maisy Drum. Photo used courtesy of the Hamburg School District.
HAMBURG — In preparation for Earth Day earlier this week, students at Union Pleasant Elementary School have been cleaning out their desks and sorting through their art supplies, in search of old markers for a new recycling project.

In April, a group of environmentally focused third, fourth and fifth graders launched “Crayola ColorCycle,” joining students across the United States and Canada in collecting used markers to be sent to a conversion facility and recycled into clean-burning fuel.

“These types of opportunities are imperative for our children to show how they can be part of the global community,” third grade teacher Annemarie Gibson said.

Gibson is facilitating the project, based on the idea from one of her students, Nathan Mascia.

He and nine other students that led the effort gave a presentation about the marker drive at a school-wide assembly, in which they spoke about helping the planet and saving natural resources.

They then placed collection boxes throughout the school. The marker collection will continue until at least the end of the school year.

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