By Cynthia Solinski
The Ben Franklin Junior High Science Club held its 2012 Fall Ecycle drive on Saturday, October 20,. Ninety-six families came through and helped recycle 14 pallets of electronics. It was rather exciting to see so many households and small businesses take advantage of this drive.
Central City Credit Union employee, Holly Carter, said “We found Ben Franklin Jr. High was holding an Ecycle Drive and thought it would be a great way to support the school and dispose of our old equipment at the same time. The students were very eager to unload the trailer, and the staff was so nice. I would highly recommend every business and homeowner take their old electronics to the Ecycle Drive at Ben Franklin Jr. High.”
The Stevens Point Fire Department also dropped items for recycling. It was a highlight to see the big red truck pull up in front of the school. Forty-two students, five staff from Ben Franklin Junior High and several SPASH students returned to help work the ecycle drive.
This year the Science Club worked with ODC and Express Recycling, both locally owned businesses. The working relationship between ODC, Express Recycling and Ben Franklin Junior High’s Science Club is a win-win situation. ODC’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their work and life goals. In 2011, through ODC, 347 individuals gained 135 thousand hours of work experience within ODC’s facility-based employment training programs. Jobs in packaging and assembly, mailings and fulfillment, woodworking, electronics recycling and vinyl manufacturing were provided through contracts with local, regional and national companies. ODC develops work opportunities by building strong partnerships with their business customers and by meeting and exceeding the quality requirements of those customers.
The goal of the semi-annual Ecycle Drive is three-fold. A portion of the money raised from each drive has been delegated for the vision of operating Ben Franklin Junior High with green energy in the form of solar renewable energy. A portion is used to operate the Science Club, and the remaining funds are used to enhance the Science Department’s curriculum with cutting-edge technology.
The Ben Franklin Junior High School Spring Ecycle Drive will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013.