Circleville Elementary School now has two picnic tables and two benches thanks to a third grade project that started at the beginning of the school year and went until the end of May. It all had to do with collecting plastic caps and lids, that then were recycled into picnic tables and benches.
“This was a kid based project,” said Jill Sims, principal at CES. “The kids were in charge of sending out announcements, emails, collecting, and washing the caps and lids.”
Sims said the project didn’t just involve the elementary collecting caps and lids. “The whole school district and community got involved,” she said.
At the end of the project the kids had a whopping 1,500 pounds of caps and lids that were taken to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana, where the materials were recycled into tables and benches. Sims said the ABC Club and the Circleville City Schools Foundation helped with the cost of the tables and benches.
On June 7, the tables and benches arrived at the school. Each picnic table weighs 550 pounds and each bench weighs 275 pounds. To help unload and place the tables and benches in an area near the playground, members of the middle school and high school football teams were called on to do the heavy lifting.