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Huge goal reached!

The Spanish Club has reached a goal set for the year, recycling a total of 546,000 total pounds of material by the end of the 2011-2012 school year and since the beginning of the program in 2006.  Even though we didn't make it by Earth Day, a final push at the end of the year took us way over the goal.  For a school of 650 students and a community of 1,100, it's a big accomplishment, even though it may only represent 5% of the waste stream in our district.

PRP wins the AF & PA award

The Purdy High Spanish Club helped inaugurate the Utopian Bean Coffeehouse with a ceremony to receive a prize from the American Forest and Paper Association as the best school paper recycling program in the nation and to induct new members into the Purdy YELP--those students with at least 50 hours of community recycling service and five of the ten recycling classes completed. Mr. Don Hughes from RockTenn in St. Louis came to make the presentation of the $2,000 check and to tour our facility. It was a very special time in the history of the PRP!

Double-branding the PRP

We asked our advisors for help to return more value to the Purdy Community, and they responded by creating a new, charitable organization called the Purdy Renewal Project, so now PRP has a double meaning. Three places on the board are reserved for students from the Purdy High Spanish Club, and they have taken over projects we've been dreaming about, such as renovating the city park playground and creating a multi-use recreation field. We are grateful for their support and assistance as well as a little amazed that these wonderful individuals have stepped forward to help our community.

YELP Recycling Comes to Purdy

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks sponsors Youth Empowerment Projects all around the Ozarks; ours is a Youth Empowerment Leadership Program. For our most intense recyclers, there are ten skill levels, from Materials Handling Expert all the way up to Community Sustainability Expert. The program is open to both middle and high school students and to be a full member requires 50 hours of community service in recycling. As of October 14th, seven students have reached level four: Cardboard Engineer.

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