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Green Team

Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 10, 2011

AFTERNOON UPDATE: GMS starts sneaker recycling program at Friday's game

Special report
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW —  

 

The Glasgow Middle School Green Team is hosting a sneaker recycling drive. Community members, students, and teachers are asked to drop off their old sneakers and make a positive impact on the environment. The sneaker drive kicks off at the Glasgow Scotties football game against Bardstown on Friday. Collection bins will be available at Hank Royse Stadium on the Glasgow High School campus. The game starts at 7 p.m. and students will be on hand to talk with community members about their project.

The group is working with Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, which will turn the old sneakers into a product called “Nike Grind.” This raw product is turned into many surfaces including; gym floors, outdoor and indoor synthetic courts, running tracks, playground and safety surfaces, and for use under carpet. The product has been used in many different places, including the Lance Armstrong Foundation Headquarters and LeBron James’ personal court and playground.

“The students wanted to do more than just traditional recycling of paper and plastic at GMS,” said Green Team sponsor Leslie Brauer. “They wanted to reuse and reduce, and get the community involved. The Green Team members thought sneaker recycling was a great way to make those goals reality. ”

The sneaker recycling drive will continue through Dec. 13 with drop off bins inside the Glasgow Middle School lobby. The students’ goal is to collect 500 pair of shoes.

Brauer, a teacher at Glasgow Middle School, said the students are also learning how to reduce energy usage, including shutting off unused computers and lights at school and at home. Other projects include collecting eye glasses for the Lions Clubs International, and collecting pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House.

The Glasgow Middle School Green Team is made up of about 25 students in the sixth through eighth grades. It is part of C.O.R.E. Club, afterschool activities that are funded in part by a 21st Century Learning grant.

What: Shoe Recycling Drive Kickoff

Who: Glasgow Middle School Green Team

When: Friday, November 11, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Where: Glasgow vs. Bardstown Football Game

Hank Royse Stadium

1601 Columbia Avenue, Glasgow, KY 42141

 



December 6, 2011

Running out of shoes

Students need help in recycling project

GLASGOW — Wanted: One thousand of the dirtiest, grimiest, smelliest, most worn-out sneakers people can find in their closets, basements and garages.

That's what the Green Team at Glasgow Middle School needs to complete their recycling drive and they only have a few more days to reach their goal.

The students agreed to collect 500 pairs of athletic shoes for the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program by Dec. 13, according to Leslie Brauer, the team's sponsor.

The sneaker drive was kicked off during the Glasgow High School-Bardstown football game at Hank Royse Stadium on Nov. 11. Three weeks into the collection effort, the students only have about 50 pairs or 100 shoes.

“We're getting close to our deadline and we’re not getting as many shoes as I wished,” Brauer said.

The group is working with the Nike program, which will recycle the old sneakers into “Nike Grind,” a raw product that can be turned into many different surfaces such as gym floors, outdoor and indoor athletic courts, running tracks and playground filler, according to Nike’s website.

Nike Grind has been used in many places including NBA basketball player LeBron James’ personal court and playground and cyclist Lance Armstrong's Foundation headquarters.

After collection and shipment, the recycled shoes are separated into three parts: tops, inside middles and soles. Each component is used in the manufacture of different products. Nothing is wasted.

The Green Team is a science-based class made up of about 25 students in the sixth through eighth grades and is part of C.O.R.E. Club, which is included in the GMS afterschool 21st Century Learning program.

After brainstorming and doing research on a possible recycling project for this semester, they came up with this unique idea.

“The students wanted to do more than just traditional recycling of paper and plastic at GMS,” Brauer said. “They wanted to reuse and reduce and get the community involved. The Green Team members thought sneaker recycling was a great way to make those goals a reality.”

When asked why they thought the project was worthwhile, the students had several reasons.

Garret Smith said it was important “just to help make things greener.”

Destiny Simmons, a seventh-grade Green Team member said, “It’s a different project. It’s something I never did before.”

Another seventh-grader, Tra, said, “It helps the community by recycling shoes and saving room in the landfill and we need the community to help us.”

Sixth-grade team member, Francisco, said, “Recycling shoes helps all of us. We use less garbage and they (Nike) make equipment from it.”

Community members, students and teachers are asked to drop off their old sneakers and help make a positive impact on the environment. The sneaker recycling drive will continue through Dec. 13. Collection bins can be found in the lobbies of all four Glasgow schools, Highland Elementary, South Green Elementary, GMS and GHS.

The team needs help from all sources to make their goal by the deadline, according to Brauer.

“We need your help – quickly,” she said of everyone in the community.

 

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