St. Amelia School, a Catholic elementary school in the Town of Tonawanda, has been named state champion in the Great American Can Roundup's School Recycling Challenge, winning a prize of $1,000.
The 635 St. Amelia students in pre-k through grade 8 collected and recycled 37,763 cans, a total of 1,092 pounds of cans – from November 15 to April 22 to win the recycling challenge.
More than 39,000 students from 24 competing schools participated, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute. The national champion school received $5,000 and the champions in each state received $1,000. Collectively, the participating schools recycled over two million cans, or approximately 88,000 pounds of aluminum beverage cans, raising a total of more than $44,000.
St. Amelia's earned $1,888.15, in addition to its prize.
The program gets children involved in recycling aluminum by collecting, packing, crushing and delivering cans, as well as talking about recycling to their family and friends, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute.