Keep Belmont Beautiful, a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, hosted its annual phonebook recycling drive through the month of January.
On January 31, representatives of KBB counted almost 16,000 phone books at area schools.
Belmont Central was the top collecting school with 11,287 books, most of which were stacked neatly in the gym and in the entrance hallways to the school.
Piza parties were awarded to the winning classes in each school and top collectors will be awarded certificates and KBB t-shirts.
Top collectors this year were:
JB Page: Sarah Neil, 130 books; Carson O’Brien, 100 books; school total-1,418
North Belmont: Chance York, 365 books; Audrey Williams, 342 books; school total -2,486
Belmont Central: Jordan Lathe, 7,188 books; Tyler Grigg, 2,015 books; and, Lindsey Johnson, 201 books; school total -11,287
Belmont Middle: Yash Patel, 75 books; school total -625
South Point: 42 books total
Keep Belmont Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has been using the proceeds from a Community Foundation Grant to help educate third graders in Belmont about environmental issues.
This grant, entitled Planting the Seeds of Learning, is being used to provide a monthly program to North Belmont and Belmont Central Elementary students.
October’s program was on water conservation, and children learned tips for conserving water, current levels of rainfall, and the mandated water restrictions by the City of Belmont. They all received a 30-minute program on water conservation tips and were given copies of water conservation tips to take home and a word search and coloring section on water conservation. All third grade classes were given presentations by Carolyn Sly on how to construct a compost pile, each class room receiving all of the equipment to build it.
(KBB photo – Carolyn Sly in Classroom)