Mallett School wins $1,000 prize in statewide bottle redemption fund raiser
FARMINGTON - It's the little school that could.
W.G. Mallett School's recycling students, competing against schools across the state for the most bottles collected, came in second place and won $1,000 prize money, in addition to the $464.15 in reimbursed containers returned.
With 57 schools participating, the Maine Recycling Challenge was held over March and April as a fund raiser coordinated locally by Mallett School's parent-teacher organization. The challenge is sponsored by CLYNK, a Maine bottle redemption company that works in a partnership with Hannaford supermarkets in Maine that provides fund raising programs for community organizations.
On Tuesday, Andy Mayo, vice president retail for CLYNK, congratulated the kindergarten through third-grade students in an assembly and presented a giant "check" showing a total of $1,464.15. In Mallett School's 400-student group, one of two groups of schools competing, top prize of $2,000 went to first place finisher Lincoln Academy's Climate Action Club, which raised $1,488.50 in bottle redemption. Over 310,000 total containers were returned during the contest.
Mallett School Principal Tracy Williams reminded students that in the first few weeks the school was listed in 17th place.
"Did you give up?" Williams asked the students.
"Noooo!" came the students' enthusiastic reply in unison.
"We ended up in second place and won prize money that will be used for the school," Williams explained.
"You guys did an amazing job," Mayo said, "it was a great effort."
Students participating received free plastic bags, each with a stick-on, bar-coded label. Once filled with bottles for redemption, bags are then brought to Hannafords, in this case in Farmington, where bags are scanned and automatically tallied towards Mallett School. A website kept track of Mallett School's amount. The school benefit ended on April 29.