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Ready to recycle

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Terre Haute Goodwill representative Marlene Cox discusses recycling with Staunton Elementary School students Thursday as 6-year-old Grace Nicosin waits to ask a question. Grace is the daughter of Shawn Nicosin. [Order this photo]
* Staunton students learn more on recycling

Apparently, the majority of the students in grades Kindergarten through second-grade at Staunton Elementary School really like oatmeal.

While visiting the school to discuss recycling Thursday, Terre Haute Goodwill representative Marlene Cox asked the group if they liked the dish.

The response was overwhelming, with the majority of students proclaiming, "yes."

"I love oatmeal," Cox said. "What do you put in your oatmeal?"

"Butter," a large portion of the students said.

Cox then explained how the containers oatmeal comes in are typically recycled material and can also be recycled.

During her visit, Cox conducted a short program on recycling in honor of Earth Day. Throughout the week, students at the school have been learning about recycling.

Cox said her organization was invited to come to the school for the convocation.

"This is something we just started," she said, adding the organization recently visited a school in Vigo County for the same program. "It's something that kind of took off. So far, (the response) has been really, really great."

While speaking with the students, Cox asked them what kind of materials they recycled.

Some raised their hands and gave examples, which included cornstalks, paper, aluminum cans and light bulbs, among other items.

Cox also provided examples of other items that can be recycled. She told the students how she had recently met a woman who wore recycled tennis shoes and how she had also been with people recently who had recycled pencils out of blue jeans.

Cox brought the students calendars and coupons for appetizers at T.G.I.F.

In addition, she brought them brochures that discussed recycling.

"I want to thank you for recycling," she said. "You're helping a lot of people. It helps our environment and it helps with the air we breathe."