CHICAGO (WBBM) — A small Northwest Side Catholic school is claiming a big prize Wednesday – $100,000 – for winning a national recycling competition.
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Principal Denise Landers says with the help of the community and others, the school collected 2,300 aluminum cans and plastic bottles per student – almost twice as much as the second-place school in Niceville, Fla.
She says students learned more about recycling and taking care of the earth, “But I want to believe they also learned how important it is to have people come together to work together around a common goal.”
Landers says St. Pascal’s would like to use much of the $100,000 winnings to build a new computer lab powered by solar energy.
School assistant Ginny Quinones says having a new computer lab will be awesome, but even better is that the students learned so much about recycling and helping the planet.