Third-grade student brings recycling to MHES

MOORE HAVEN — Kathrine Washam, while running for third-grade president two years ago, promised to start a plastic recycling program at Moore Haven Elementary School (MHES), if elected. Not only was she elected president, but the recycling program has been in successful operation ever since.

“We throw so much plastic into our landfills,” said Miss Washam, “fifty percent of our landfills are filled with plastic. But, after I told them I’d get the recycling started, I still had to wait for the third-grade congress to vote for the idea. After they all voted, I took the recycling program idea to Mrs. Langdale. Then, it just progressed from there.”

Special to the Glades County Democrat/MHES
Third-grade President Kathrine Washam started a plastic recycling program at Moore Haven Elementary School.

Every two to three weeks, the Glades County Recycling Facility picks up over 30 bins, dropped off by students from each classroom. The bins were given to the school by the facility.

MHES Principal FeLinda Langdale said that the creation of the program surprised her.

“I was shocked to have a third-grader come into my office and make requests,” said Mrs. Langdale. “This is the first time a student walked in asking for that.”

Former President Washam said that her fifth-grade class wants to recycle more.

“We talked about not stopping with plastic because we could recycle paper and cardboard, too,” she said. “We could have a permanent recycling dumpster at the school and we could all put our stuff in there, instead of collecting bins and waiting for the truck to come by.”

Miss Washam gave some advice on throwing out garbage and recycling, too.

“People need to watch what they’re throwing away,” she said. “Everything we throw away makes a big difference.”

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment