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A Bag's Life competition teaches lessons in GISD

The Daily News

November 12, 2014

By Galveston Independent School District

Schools across Galveston and Bolivar will mark Saturday, America Recycles Day, by kicking off a competition to see which campus can collect and recycle the most plastic bags before Earth Day in April 2015. Over five months, students are expected to collect thousands of bags that will make a tremendous environmental and educational impact.

Known as A Bag’s Life, the communitywide competition will officially start with a presentation at Austin Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Magnet at 11 a.m. Friday with representatives from Galveston ISD, the local environmental nonprofit group Clean Galveston, and A Bag’s Life sponsor, Trex Company, in attendance.

A Bag’s Life is a public educational campaign that started on Earth Day 2010, uniting nonprofits, local businesses, schools and communities to make it easier for more people to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags and plastic wrapping.

The campaign will encourage students to take their plastic bags from home and collect them in designated boxes located in prime locations at their campus. Park benches will go to the school that collects the most bags and the school that collects the most bags per student, provided by competition sponsors Clean Galveston and Trex, which manufactures outdoor decking and furniture made from recycled content.

Last year, A Bag’s Life was a huge success at Galveston ISD, where students collected over 350,000 plastic bags, reducing their carbon imprint, eliminating massive amounts of non-biodegradable materials from landfills, and keeping it from polluting local waterways. Families, community members, businesses, churches and anyone else looking to make a positive environmental change are welcome to drop off plastic bags and plastic wrap material at any Galveston ISD school through April 2015.

In addition to plastic bags, participants can return the following plastic items: newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, bread and veggie bags, product wraps, furniture wraps, food storage bags, cereal box liners, plastic shipping envelopes and ice bags.

For information, visit www.abagslife.com, or call the GISD Communications Office, 409-766-5145.

 By Galveston Independent School District

 Special to The Daily News