Clean Students

STUDENTS AND staff at a local elementary school draw our praise for working passionately and effectively for a cleaner environment.

St. Clairsville St. Mary’s Central was honored this week for placing second in this year’s Ohio School Recycling Challenge. State runnerup is a sparkling achievement as more than 60 schools took part in the competition, encompassing nearly 30,000 students and faculty members.

The competition was staged from Oct. 18 to Nov. 21. The St. Mary’s recycling contingent excelled at the task. The school recycled more than 37 pounds per student.

That total finished second to another Eastern Ohio school. Toronto St. Francis earned the brass ring on the strength of its 67 pounds per student.

The bulk of St. Mary’s recycled material was paper, proceeds from which are channeled back into the school.

St. Mary’s state runner-up trophy is the latest in a tradition of environmental achievements realized by the school.

Last year, St. Mary’s teacher Mary Hendershot was recognized as Belmont County Environmental Science Teacher of the Year. That same year, St. Mary’s received the Ohio Governor’s Award for Science and Educational opportunities.

We commend the school and its administration for their vision in the realm of a cleaner environment, as it has established itself as the measuring stick for recycling prowess.

All told, seven out of the top 10 rated schools in Ohio were part of the Jefferson-Belmont Solid Waste Authority. That speaks volumes of the emphasis Eastern Ohio places on recycling.

We tip our cap to St. Mary’s for its outstanding recycling accomplishments. We hope they become contagious throughout the Ohio Valley.