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April 24, 2014

Recycling fun for Earth Day — Tips on living healthy, conservation and even plastic water bottles were flying all over this week as Pauls Valley’s new recycling center celebrated its first ever birthday.

Scheduled for Earth Day, held on Tuesday, the celebration at the Walnut Street center itself focused on offering local school children plenty of fun activities meant to teach them about recycling.

Joining in the fun were a number of elementary students whose classes used the recycling and Earth Day event as a good reason for a field trip.

Once there kids were offered a variety of activities all meant to teach them more about recycling and health.

In fact, Lisa Driskill of the Garvin County Community Living Center in PV said the event to celebrate the first year of the local recycling center was designed to show the school children more about the world around them.

“With this celebration we were teaching children about Earth Day,” Driskill said.

“We wanted to show them where food comes from; show them more about the water cycle and the importance of water; trees and leaves and how it all works together,” she said.

“We were sort of doing the whole earth, not just bits and pieces.

“We also wanted to teach them how to sort plastics.”

Those plastics did indeed play a big part before and during the event as a fast-paced activity had kids racing to sort the different types of plastic items, numbered one through four.

Those students, and likely their parents, were also busy collecting plastic water bottles before Tuesday’s event.

When all totaled up nearly 16,000 bottles were on display as the first place prize went to Christie McCurley’s kindergarten class at Jefferson Early Learning Center, which collected the most bottles, 2,224.

Second place went to Shannon Coates’ third grade class at Whitebead (2,146 bottles) and third was claimed by Angela Dansby’s kindergarten class at JELC, with help from RexAnn Freeman, (1,398 bottles).

Groups of school children were also given presentations on conservation and managing trees. A total of 250 tree seedlings were given away from the state Forestry Department.

The Grown for You traveling classroom from the Noble Foundation and the Farm Bureau was on site to offer more information on how food grows.

Helping out at the event were a number of Living Center representatives with many wearing special Earth Day T-shirts.

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