Community invited to help with campus clean-up day

Published on Thursday, 14 November 2013 19:06 - Written by From Staff Reports

The community is invited to participate in a campus cleanup and beautification day at Robert E. Lee High School.

The event is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 411 ESE Loop 323 and will involve cleaning up the exterior parts of campus and disposing or recycling outdated and unused items. One of the goals is to increase overall campus pride.

About 28 student clubs, teams and organizations already have adopted various parts of campus and are committed to maintaining those parts throughout the year, according to a Tyler ISD news release.

This weekend’s event marks the culmination of the school’s participation in the Recycle Bowl Competition, a national recycling contest presented by Keep America Beautiful and sponsored by Nestle Waters.

Participating schools can win prizes depending upon the amount of recyclables collected. So far, the campus has collected 212 pounds of recyclable materials, according to the news release. The competition is designed to help start recycling programs at schools where they don’t already exist.

“Our goal is to launch a year-long recycling project through the Campus Pride Committee of the Student Council in an effort to encourage Tyler to Go Green,” Lee Student Council sponsor and English teacher Allison Rogers said, according to the news release. “Recycling is the best way to maximize our resource efficiency while simultaneously advocating for our community and our planet. Although we are just beginning this process, we can already see students learning to take the initiative in making a positive difference on our campus.”

All students, parents and community volunteers participating in the Campus Clean-Up and Beautification Day should register in Lee’s main office upon arrival. Name and contact information are required to participate.

The school event coincides with Keep Tyler Beautiful’s Tyler Recycles Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Tyler Recycling Collection Center, 418 N. Bois D’Arc Ave.

That event will include recycling, free personal document shredding and battery, electronics and clothing collection.