On May 11, 2015, Euharlee Elementary School received the Grand Prize for winning Keep Bartow Beautiful’s Ninth Annual School Recycling Contest. A well-known North Georgia Professional Wildlife and Animal Education Company, Wildlife Wonders, presented a school-wide program for the students. Euharlee collected 80,060 pounds of mixed paper, cardboard, cans, and bottles to win the prize, or 135.2 pounds per student for the 592 students. Winners were awarded $4,000 worth of prizes in three divisions. This year, 26 schools/school facilities recycled 423,080 pounds of cans, bottles, cardboard boxes, and mixed paper.
The contest began with eight schools and the support of Anheuser-Busch Recycling and the Cartersville Anheuser-Busch Brewery, with the local operation providing ongoing support. The results have been astonishing — over 2,000 tons of recyclable materials have been recovered voluntarily through Bartow County, the City of Cartersville, and Excel Academy schools through voluntary teams of teachers, students, parents and staff, with the support of Bartow County Solid Waste.
Tom Bennett of Wildlife Wonders wows the crowd with an albino boa constrictor. Bennett explains to the students how they help protect wildlife habitat, such as jungles, forests, rivers and regions mined for minerals, when they recycle.