Friday, April 23, 2010

CMS recycling logo and slogan winners announced

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth
Day on Thursday, April 22, with a variety of activities held across
the district. One of the activities included unveiling the district's
new recycling logo at Hawthorne High School.

CMS students were invited to create a new recycling logo and slogan
for the district's recycling program. The district received 52 entries
and eight judges from area businesses, the county and district helped
select the winning artwork. The winning slogan was created by Harding
University High School student Simone McDuffie and the logo was
created by Hawthorne High School student Kyleigh Varvel. The new
artwork will be used on all promotional material starting next school
year, including on the recycling carts and bins. The winning logo and
runner-up entries are attached.

"It is so exciting to be part of the winning artwork," Kyleigh said.
"I used an apple because I always liked drawing them when I was a kid."

CMS and Mecklenburg County's Solid Waste and Recycling Department
created the art contest to promote the county's conversion to single-
stream recycling where households, businesses and schools will be able
to mix paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans and glass into one
recycling cart beginning on July 1.

"Recycling is very important even in school and everybody should do
it," said Simone, who created the winning slogan 'Be Cool! Recycle In

Republic Waste Services sponsored the contest and awarded $1,000 to
both schools during the Earth Day ceremony.

Jaylan Mobley, an eighth-grade student from John Taylor Williams
Middle School, was named first-runner up, and an entry from Cornelius
Elementary was named second runner-up. The Cornelius entry was created
by the following students: Teddy Coyer, Lauren Hooks, Kristian Madsen,
Christopher Pennella, Roman Uglehus and Maggie Wagner. All schools
received a certificated framed in recycled bicycle tires and goodie
bags that included notebooks, Frisbee, key chains that were made out
of recycled material.

Jennifer Roberts, chair of the Board of County
Commissioners, spoke about the single-stream conversion at the
ceremony and presented the awards during the ceremony.

"The single-stream conversion is going to save us a lot of money
because we will only have to pick up recycling every other week," she
said. "The new recycling carts will be bigger so more items can be
recycled leading to an increase in participation. This will prevent
more items from going to our landfills."