Damascus Elementary recognized

DAMASCUS – The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Damascus Elementary School with its 2014 School Recycling Awards for Participation and Volume.

The awards, which recognize outstanding paper recycling programs, were presented at Damascus Elementary School’s end of the school year fourth-grade assembly on June 4.

At Damascus Elementary School, recycling is considered a life skill for students and staff, and it is stressed during class time, at lunch time, at environmental club meetings and during morning announcements. Their efforts led them to recover highest amount of paper for recycling of all applications in the school category.

The school collects school paper, newspaper, magazines, corrugated cardboard, paperboard, brown bags, direct mail, phone books, soup can labels, and box tops.

“On behalf of Damascus Elementary School, thank you for the 2014 AF&PA Recycling Awards for Participation and Volume. We are glad to have so many students and staff involved in our recycling efforts, and these awards help to ensure that they know their efforts pay off,” said Principal Matthew Manley.

AF&PA recently announced that 63.5 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2013.

For more information about all the 2014 AF&PA Recycling Award winners, case studies on winners’ programs, background information, free classroom resources, statistics and more, visit paperrecycles.org.