SFHS launches new recycling program

by Jeff Pederson

In an effort to be more cost-effective in times of reduced state funding and scaled-back budgets, Sheboygan Falls High School has launched a new recycling program in partnership with Bemis Manufacturing Co. The program, which began at the start of the 2011-12 school year, features an arrangement between SFHS and Bemis that benefits both parties. Under the initiative, all colored paper, white paper and cardboard collected at SFHS will be passed along to Bemis, where it will be sold. “This is a program which will allow us to both save money and make a little bit of money as well,” Sheboygan Falls High School Principal Luke Goral said. “With cardboard alone, we will be able to take in $155 per ton. That is a great benefit to our school.” Several special events and activities have been set up to spread the word about the program. “The Student Council is getting behind this and basically promoting it around the school,” Goral said. “We had Bemis come in and give a presentation on the program at our freshman orientation session. “We will be having a recycling week coming up, where we will have different games and contests to raise awareness and educate our students about the importance of recycling,” he said. According to Goral, SFHS students will play a big role in distributing the money brought in through the program. “We are going to let the students have a say in what to do with the funds that the program generates,” he said. “We want the kids to really be involved in this and take ownership over how the money is spent to improve our school.” Plans call for the program to expand to the middle school and elementary school in the upcoming years. “We decided to start this off in the high school this year, but it will definitely expand to include all of our schools,” Goral said. “This is a great program and the right thing to do, especially now when we are facing such a tight budget throughout our district.”

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