Middle school students recycle their own paper

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

LIBERTY COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Many people are doing what they can to go green, whether it's with recycling, conserving water or energy. Some students at Snelson Golden Middle School in Liberty County have their very own paper recycling station with the help of teacher Sonia Blackburn.

"You just mulch it up and put it on the screen and then press out the water and it's done," said Blackburn.

Sounds simple enough right? Students such as David Molnar are taking the phrase going green to whole new level.

"We need to start saving the earth and so far it's not going so good and so we need to start recycling," said Molnar.

They are simply by using paper from old art projects and used paper from other classes to make new paper.

It's an idea that teachers Melinda Hullum and Sonia Blackburn came up with to encourage students to recycle. Boy, has that idea taken off.

"We want to let the whole community know that recycling is important and we want to save the earth and it needs to start with us," said Blackburn.

So far students are using the recycled paper for classroom projects and sending journals to soldiers at Winn Army Hospital.

Students have only been doing this for a few short weeks, but teachers hope the idea catches on all across the country.

"The sooner the better. I mean, you could do this with elementary school students," said Blackburn.

They're have fun doing it and saving the earth at the same time.

"We should do it for the rest of our lives. A lot of young people don't realize how much it hurts the earth and we really need to start saving it," said Molnar.

The students plan to continue sending journals to soldiers.

To learn more, contact Snelson Golden Middle School at 912.877.3112.

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