WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - "Reduce, reuse and recycle" is a phrase you may hear quite often. When students at a Tippecanoe County high school heard it, they took action.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) presented its seventh annual "Students and Teachers Achieving Reducing Success" or "S.T.A.R.S." Award to West Lafayette High School on Monday.
SIA posed a challenge to area high schools to have a recycling drive during a Friday night athletic event.
The Red Devils collected more than 300 pounds of recyclable material plus many board games and toys to be donated to underprivileged children. SIA presented the school with a check for $3,000.
SIA Executive Vice President Tom Easterday said all the schools that participated went above and beyond his expectations.
"This year, West Lafayette High School and some other area high schools did a fantastic job. Very innovative and creative in how they've reduced and recycled. The fact that they took some material this year and had them donated to Family Promise at the Hanna Center like West Lafayette High School did. That's great," said Easterday
West Lafayette's Eco Club President Gauri Shastri said the competition helps get people excited.
"We're trying to raise awareness that you need to reduce, reuse and recycle, but that's one of those things that you hear over and over again. I think it loses its meaning. Once you make it a competition, everybody works hard to get as much done as possible. It automatically increase the awareness," said Shastri
McCutcheon High School finished in second place. Shastri said the money will go toward the cost of an industrial can crusher for use in their cafeteria.
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