Wrapper Contest Sweet Win for Students

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 10 December 2014 05:00

Kure Beach, NC— Oh, how sweet it is. Area school students helped turn trash to treasure by participating in a candy wrapper recycling program sponsored by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The Aquarium invited local students to put a little green in their Halloween by collecting used candy wrappers.
Instead of trashing empty wrappers and filling landfills with extra waste, nine New Hanover County classrooms delivered garbage bags full of wrappers totaling 29.74 pounds or approximately 47,600 individual wrappers. A single wrapper weighs as little as .01 ounce. Four more classes competed this year and increased the reclaimed waste by 13 pounds.
Beth Wormer’s pre-kindergarten class from Children’s Learning Center collected the most wrappers, 10.89 pounds and won a free Aquarium education program. Students from the following classes also participated: Nicole Slocomb’s first grade at Bradley Creek Elementary, Jennifer Rosser’s fifth-grade class at Pine Valley Elementary, Carrie Boos’s second-grade class at Carolina Beach Elementary, Kristin Anheman’s fifth-grade class at Bradley Creek Elementary, Angel Brown’s pre-K class at Childcare Network 128, Monique Robbins’s fifth-grade class at Parsley Elementary and Caroline Courter’s first grade at Gregory Elementary.
The Aquarium will send the collected wrappers to a recycling partner, TerraCycle, where the hard-to-recycle waste becomes new products like park benches, purses and backpacks.
“We had an excellent year of recycling candy wrappers, with more students than ever participating in the project,” said Aquarium Outreach Coordinator Andy Gould. “We hope each of these students learned about the importance of making good decisions for the environment and will continue to use their creativity and energy to protect local habitats.”
N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located a short drive south of Wilmington, near Kure Beach, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Normal operating hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). Admission: $10.95 ages 13-61, $9.95 ages 62 and older and military, $8.95 ages 3-12, free for children 2 and younger, NC Aquarium Society members and pre-registered North Carolina school groups. General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher



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