Prather School Receives Prestigious Award

The Check for $900 presented to Prather School.

The students and staff of Prather School have been working hard to make our planet a better place, and all of their hard work paid off. As students of this local school have learned about ways to help our planet, they’ve also begun a recycling campaign, a soda tab collection, and have made plans to install a community garden. In fact, each student has signed a class pledge vowing to do their part to take care of our environment.

After all of their hard work, the whole school gathered for an assembly on Monday, April 24, 2017. The program started with a lovely song about trees that the students sang. After, the students watched a video named “What is Environment and how to keep it clean.” Each class presented their signed pledge. Ava Reagan received a Earth Protector Badge, a certificate, and a $20 gift card for collecting the most soda tabs. Overall, the school collected 89 pound of tabs. Ava, herself, brought in 20 pounds of those.

Then the big moment arrived. Emily Leftwich from Recycle Bank awarded the school with $900.00 to start their community garden. As part of the recycling program in Granite City, each citizen is welcome to sign up for a free Recycle Bank account. The citizens earn points for recycling, reading articles on the environment, and other activities. Once someone earns points, they can use them for discounts on green products, or donate them to different causes. The citizens of Granite City donated 225,000 points to Prather School. Since 250 points are worth $1.00, the school earned $900.00.

To conclude the program, each student was given a Red Maple sapling to plant and instructions on how to care for the tree.

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