For Immediate Release (August 25, 2015)
Sneed Middle School and Lester Elementary School have each received a Keep Florence Beautiful (KFB) Education Initiative Recycling Grant.
Eighth grade student and Sneed Environmental Action Club and Recycling Club member Meredith VanHouten applied for the Sneed grant, which will pay for service from Pluffmud Recycling during the 2015-16 school year and allow the school to add a wire rack for storing cardboard boxes.
The grant will “allow us to spend more time on other recycling projects,” VanHouten stated, and thanked KFB for their support. Sneed has a healthy recycling program that includes plastic markers, crayons, shoes, plastic tape dispensers, and printer cartridges, in addition to the bottles, cans and paper products picked up by Pluffmud. The program is usually funded through the sale of student-made flower pens and donations.
The Lester Elementary grant application was generated by fourth grade students Charlie Horton and Paris Williams, leaders of the Recycling Club. The grant will purchase roll carts, deskside bins, a bottle container, and Pluffmud service for the current school year, allowing Lester to begin recycling on campus.
The Recycling Grant is part of the KFB Recycling Initiative, which is charged with educating the students of Florence County about the importance of recycling and sustainability. Other recipients include Wilson High School and Williams Middle School. There are additional grants available. Please contact Keep Florence Beautiful if your school is interested in applying.
Keep Florence Beautiful
About Keep Florence Beautiful – “KFB” is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Florence, South Carolina. Our mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving Florence through the visual aspects of our community. We support Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Community Greening. We identify the causes of litter and reduce it by organizing cleanups and programs that beautify and naturally clean our environment, these programs include community education for responsible consumerism; source reduction, reuse and recycling; community gardens; restoration of vacant lots; highway and shoreline beautification; urban forests, native and wildflower plantings; and graffiti prevention and abatement.