MONROE COUNTY (WOAY) – The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia has announced the last of five statewide age category winners in the West Virginia Recycles Youth Contest. Close to 800 entries were submitted from across the state in the five age categories.
The first-place winner in the kindergarten through first grade coloring category is 5-year-old Donovan Wilson, a student at Mountain View Elementary in Monroe County. Wilson received a $50 gift card and his teacher, Melanie Baker, received a $75 gift card to purchase classroom materials. Students in the coloring contest identified the recyclable, compostable and trash items on a coloring sheet, then cut and pasted the items next to the appropriate compost, recycle or trash bin.
Wilson was honored on Jan. 19 during a short presentation at the school by Coalition member William Shiflett, of the Monroe County Solid Waste Authority, and Mountain View Principal Sue Lee.
The goals of the Coalition’s Youth Contest are to encourage students to use their creativity and learn about recycling. The West Virginia Recycles campaign features the theme, “It All Comes Back to You.” The slogan presents multiple messages: a recycled product or material can return to consumers as another new product; recycling comes back to consumers as an improved environment; and it is everyone’s responsibility to recycle.
The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to promote the effective and sustainable reduction, reuse and recycling of materials otherwise destined for disposal. The Recycling Coalition pursues these goals through the promotion of purchasing products made with recycled content material; by coordinating and facilitating activities relative to recycling; and by fostering communications among organizations, government agencies and individuals through the sharing of ideas and resources.