Laurel Middle School SADD members have embarked on a service project of recycling paper at the school. The program began in October 2013. "We needed a service project so that any middle school SADD member could participate," stated Sandi Creel, SADD advisor. "Since the recycling is done during the school day, all members can have an opportunity to help on a daily basis." Creel concluded.
When looking for help in setting up recycling for the school, SADD contacted City Council Member La'Juan Jones, whose daughter, Lexi, attends Laurel Middle School. Jones then connected the school with Dennis Keveryn, City Administrative Officer for Laurel.
"This recycling has opened my eyes since the city has started it." Keveryn commented, explaining that he was amazed at the reduced amount of garbage when recycling at home. "It's been an education for me and we are recycling at city hall," Keveryn continued, explaining that recycling reduces the amount of waste disposal for the city of Laurel.
Mr. Keveryn brought representatives from Enviro, Inc. to the school. Enviro, Inc. is the company that coordinates the recycling for the city of Laurel and they helped set up the recycling program at the school.
Enviro, Inc. arranged for three, 96 gallon recycling carts to be placed at Laurel Middle School and picked up each week. SADD students then placed boxes that were designated for recycling paper in each classroom, which could then be emptied into the large recycling containers.
Dataisha Cooley, eighth grade SADD member gave her opinion about recycling, "I thought it was cool. I thought it was good that the school gave back to the community and it was fun."
Another 8th grader, Anderius Millsap, commented, "It is really good to reuse paper and I like to help the earth and recycle."
SADD will conclude recycling for the year, but hopes to begin again next school term, "We appreciate Laurel Middle School and SADD for recycling this year, particularly because they are learning at an early age how to help the environment," Dennis Keveryn concluded.