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Boonsboro High staffer praises recycling efforts

May 19, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Students and staff at Boonsboro High School worked together to recycle nearly 9.5 tons of paper this year, along with thousands of pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans, according to Kathy Vesely, a paraprofessional at the school.

Vesely asked the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday to do more to help other schools launch a recycling program of their own by making recycling mandatory at schools and in the district's central office.

"If we want to be a world-class school system, then we need to make sure we take care of the world we live in," Vesely said.

Vesely was an original member of a Boonsboro community group that studied recycling options for the town, and also is Boonsboro High's environmental club adviser.

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She estimates that while cleaning out their lockers recently, students recycled about 1,500 pounds of paper.

"A couple of schools are trying (to recycle), but without administrative and custodial support ... it's not going to happen," Vesely said.

Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said administrators in the central office work to recycle quite a bit of paper, calling it an "intensive effort."

"Can I check your bins on my way out?" Vesely asked.

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