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Trash/Recycling Awareness Campaign

Solid Waste Services partners with NKC Schools on Trash/Recycling Awareness Campaign

Post Date:05/05/2020 3:05 PM



The city's Solid Waste Services Division is using the artistic talents of middle school students in the North Kansas City School District to promote the importance of recycling and proper trash disposal.

Under the tutelage of teacher Lara Bradley Owsley, videos and artwork created by eight students in the district’s Students in Academically Gifted Education (SAGE) Program were chosen to promote these efforts through social media and public outreach campaigns. More than 100 SAGE students participated.

“It’s a topic the students felt very passionate about and they created some outstanding work,” Owsley said. “Even during the quarantine and remote learning, the students want to help spread the word about how Kansas City citizens can help their community and improve their recycling efforts.”

While all the artwork and videos were excellent, one particular video really stood out. Created by a sixth-grader named Cruz, the animated video highlights the difference people can make through proper recycling and trash disposal.

“It’s work like his and the other students in the SAGE Program that can and will dictate attitudes toward recycling as we move forward,” said Shannon Dooley, Solid Waste Services marketing and customer care manager. “Their dedication to promoting recycling will not only help Kansas City and our planet now, but in the future.”

Solid Waste Services plans to use the other seven students’ artwork and videos in their educational endeavors.

For more information, media can contact Susan Hiland, NKC Schools Director of Media and Public Relations (to interview Ms. Owsley or Cruz) at (816) 321-5549  or Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala (to interview Ms. Dooley) at (816) 513-3202.

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