Wright Elementary School Goes Green

Wright Elementary hosted a visit from the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP) on May 9, 2014.  SERCAP is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (USDA-RD) to assist Okaloosa County with Solid Waste needs. 

The second grade students were studying recycling, and the students in Shannon DeBerry’s class were interested in how they could support recycling efforts so they invited SERCAP to come to the school. 

Jim Reece, Okaloosa County’s Recycling Director, and Rachel Silver, the State Technical Specialist for SERCAP, provided a recycling review and demonstration of the many types of items students, their classrooms, and their families can recycle.  SERCAP also presented recycling containers to the school to enhance the school’s capabilities of recycling more materials and reducing the amount of waste disposed on an annual basis.

Students wrote about recycling as part of their unit of study, and two students, Danielle Salley and Ava Smith, were selected to share their writing during the assembly.  Both wrote about the benefits of recycling and how the school and families could help to recycle more materials.

According to Silver, SERCAP’s goal is to help Okaloosa County increase its recycling efforts in order to reach the state recycling goal of 75% by 2020.  The grant has purchased green recycle bins for use around the school, classrooms, cafeteria and large use areas.  SERCAP is looking forward to assisting Wright Elementary Go Green!