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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Students taking part in the Green Corps electronics recycle drive at Clay City High School included Northview's Shea McCoy, Dannyelle Mattox and James Stanford, and Clay City's Kole Smith.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Green Corps teamed up with Recycle Force to conduct two electronics recycling drives at Clay City High School and Northview High School.

The drives at both schools were very successful, with approximately 2,000 pounds of electronics recycled at each location.

Recycle Force and the Green Corps loaded 14 gaylord containers of electronics.

Clay Community Schools Green Corps representative Kole Smith organized the event with cooperation from Clay City High School Principal Jeff Bell, Northview High School Principal Lynn Romas, Northview Science Club sponsor Adam Bedwell, Northview Science Club President James Stanford, Northview Science Club Vice President Shea McCoy, the Northview Science Club, and Northview Science Club member Dannyelle Mattox.

"I am very excited to see that there are Northview students that are excited about going green," Smith said. "We have discussed getting a Green Corps program started at Northview and will be communicating throughout the winter to get some projects underway."

At Clay City High School, Bell has given Smith permission for the start of a Clay City Green Corps. The Clay City High School Green Corps will be collecting recyclable materials such as plastic bottles and more at future high school basketball games.

Smith was selected to be the Clay Community Schools Green Corps representative in 2010 while a sophomore.

The Green Corps is a branch of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee, which consists of one student that will be a senior this year from every school corporation in the state.

The mission of the group is to educate Indiana residents on reducing their carbon footprint by going green through various ways, including recycling, cleaning up the environment, saving water and electricity, reducing carbon footprints and being a part of several projects to educate students on becoming environmentally friendly.

Smith has performed several projects as a Green Corps members, including: Waterway cleanups at Clay City Park and high school; a roadway cleanup of United States 40; tree plantings at Clay City High School; recycling drives; and starting a single stream recycling program at Clay City High School.

Smith said he plans to extend the reach of his future projects throughout the entire school corporation by introducing recycling programs at other schools and teaming up with students from Northview for projects.

Smith has also joined with a business in Brazil to start up a local drop off center for recyclable eyeglasses and hearing aids by the end of this year.

For further information, call Smith at 812-878-0547 or e-mail ccyl@joink.com.

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