Elmer's® Products, Inc. Announces Winning Classrooms in 2009 Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program™
Eisenhower Elementary in Pittsburgh, Pa., takes top honor
COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 28, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Elmer's® Products, Inc., a leader in adhesives, arts and crafts and educational products, announced today the winning classrooms in the 2009 Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program™. Out of more than 83,000 classrooms nationwide, four were recognized for their outstanding integration of the Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program into their year-long classroom activities. Shannon Dominick's second grade class at Eisenhower Elementary in Pittsburgh, Pa., was selected as the program's grand prize winner.
"Being selected as the winning classroom is such an honor," said Dominick. "Our students worked so hard to lead our school's recycling efforts throughout the year and are really excited to see their hard work rewarded. Each and every student had such a great time incorporating the Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program into our daily activities. It's truly one of those programs that make learning fun!"
Eisenhower Elementary's award-winning entry contained a student-produced video which was shared with the entire school to generate excitement around recycling efforts. The production was developed in a fun, news format and included stories about the importance of everyday recycling. Additionally, Dominick's classroom walked the walk by collecting and recycling more than 1,000 Elmer's glue bottles and glue sticks.
As part of Eisenhower Elementary's grand prize, Elmer's is working with American Forests to plant 1,000 trees in the classroom's honor as part of the Global ReLeaf ecosystem restoration project which often reforests wildfire decimated areas. Elmer's also hosted a celebration at the school that featured an all-school assembly, ceremonial tree planting and student reception.
The schools that received honorable mention include: Cecilia Lucero Solorio Elementary in Fontana, Calif.; Freedom Elementary in San Antonio, Texas; and Pine Jog Elementary in West Palm Beach, Fla. Each class will receive an Elmer's prize pack along with a plaque for display in their school.
"By taking a hands-on approach to the principles of everyday recycling and active eco-learning, these four classes really stood out and reflected the core values of the Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program," said Terri Brown, Elmer's marketing services and communications manager.
Program participation exploded this year to more than 16,000 teachers, 83,000 classrooms and more than one million students, resulting in the recycling of approximately 2 million Elmer's glue sticks and bottles.
The Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program, launched in 2008, encourages classrooms nationwide to actively learn about recycling by collecting empty glue bottles and glue sticks to be recycled. Starting on Earth Day through the end of the school year, teachers and parent volunteers simply take their boxes of "empties" to the nearest Walmart store and drop them off with the people greeter. From there, Walmart ensures the empty products are handled by facilities designed to recycle these specific types of plastics.
Teachers and parents interested in receiving program updates, recycling tips and fun craft ideas can visit ElmersGlueCrew.com, become a fan of the Elmer's Glue Crew fan page on Facebook or follow the program on Twitter (@ElmersGlueCrew).
Teachers may register for the free program all year long at ElmersGlueCrew.com. Those teachers already registered do not need to register again each year.
Elmer's® Products, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has been a trusted brand and industry leader for more than 60 years. Elmer's produces a variety of well-known adhesives, arts and crafts, educational and office products for use at home, school or business. Elmer's branded products are developed to provide project solutions and to inspire people to create, build and learn for life. Elmer's also markets the number one instant adhesive in the U.S., Instant Krazy Glue®, X-ACTO®, a leader in innovative cutting blades, knives and office supply products, and Bienfang® graphic arts products. With recent acquisitions, James Galt & Co. Ltd., an international children's arts and crafts and activity products company, Scientific Explorer™, creator and distributor of science-based educational products for children, GiddyUp™, producer of licensed arts and crafts products for children, and ColorLoco™, maker of Blendy Pens, are each a division of Elmer's Products, Inc. For more information visit www.elmersbrands.com.