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Henry County Middle School 3
Henry County Middle School is the oldest in the county, built in the 1950s as the all black school before integration in McDonough, Georgia. We are a low socio-economical Title I school that serves approximately 740 sixth through eighth graders that range in ages from 11-16. It is predominately Black/African American (78% approximately), along with Hispanic, White, Middle Eastern and Chinese. Most students are on free or reduced lunch and offered free tutoring and after school bussing. The dominate language is English, but we have an ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) that assists our Hispanic students. Our students would benefit from this grant because free curb side pick-up is offered with rewards such as coupons, and an easy way to donate their points to our school. We could continue our efforts in educating them on how to reuse a product instead of trashing it. For three years now, my projects have inspired students and staff to recycle at home and school. Each year they are eager to see what new recycled project I have in store for them. It has made them conscious of recycling and encouraged their parents and neighbors to continue our recycling efforts.
"We have graciously received grants from Recycle Bank for the past 3 years. Our first year students, staff, and community volunteers collected cans, and students created collaged artworks that supported different Multi-Cultural and Awareness groups that were displayed in our school to encourage recycling in our community. The project branched further than expected, and we displayed at McDonough’s City Hall, Georgia’s State Capitol in February 2012 and in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. in May 2012 during a Fine Arts Field trip with 89 students. I was honored with a Resolution in May 2012 by the Georgia State Capitol for my efforts and the efforts of the school in recycling. Students were excited about being in the newspaper for their accomplishments that it fueled them for the success of becoming Recycle Bank’s Grand Prize Winner of Domtar’s free paper in May 2013 for having the most innovative recycle project. We have only gained momentum, even with this year’s HUGE obstacle school reconstruction paid for by the counties SPLOST penny tax. We are working hard to preserve the recycled artworks we have made in the past as well as create new ones made from 3.5 diskettes and CD’s to uniformly match last year’s theme of “up cycling” outdated media. The artworks are inspired by Salvador Dali’s surrealism works and will show parallels that they could be reality if we don’t recycle. However, it must be exhibited in an alternative location until our school is complete. Our ideal location for ALL recycled artworks is The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. We are collaborating with McDonough’s City Councilwoman, Gail Notti, in setting up a meeting with The High Museum’s curator to exhibit approximately 25 recycled works created from 2010 to 2014. It is our hope to have our grand showing on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. This project will require a heavy amount of student, staff and community involvement that will bring us together to support and preserve the importance of “up cycling” and recycling outdated media. I have no doubt that we will succeed again!"