Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Students' efforts can teach community
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 21, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.
Victoria is home to some avid recyclers. Our citywide curbside recycling program has already been declared to be more successful than initially thought.
Now, at least three Victoria schools are being acknowledged for students' efforts in a national recycling competition.
This is the third year that students in the Victoria Independent School District are taking part in a national recycling contest sponsored by PepsiCo called the Dream Machine Recycle Rally. In the previous two years, the schools did not place in the competition, but this year, three of the schools are in the top 10 for schools in the 401-650 students size category. According to the competition's website, F.W. Gross Montessori Elementary is in eighth place with 18,276 containers of materials; Smith Elementary is in sixth place with 26,074 containers, and Torres Elementary is in second place with 83,906 containers.
It is exciting to see Victoria schools are collecting so many recyclable materials and teaching students about being responsible and caring for the earth. We live in a beautiful community that needs to be preserved through responsibly handling waste products.
Much of what many consider trash can be recycled in the town's curbside recycling program instead of sent to the landfill or left on the roadside or in parking lots.
We applaud the district for encouraging students to treasure our environment and teaching children what items should be recycled. We hope that knowledge will be shared at the students' homes and even more residents will choose to take part in the city's curbside recycling service.
The recycling rally will end April 29, but the competition includes many different, smaller challenges throughout the time period. Torres Elementary has already won $1,000 in one of these challenges, and Rowland Elementary won a $50 gift card. If Torres stays in second place, the school could win anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000.
We encourage the community to continue helping VISD schools as they gather recyclable materials for this competition. That money could be put to good use to offer a better education for our children and benefit the future of Victoria.
Recycling is an important service that we should all take advantage of. We need to learn from these students and take action. Let's make an effort to change our habits and start recycling as much as possible. The more we recycle, the less pollution there will be cluttering up our roadsides, parking lots, parks and rivers.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.