ROSEBORO — After using 1,337 cartons of milk, Roseboro Elementary School has a lot to woof about.
A group of students recently completed Dog Bone Strong, a 7-foot dog made from the collected cartons with the aid of other items such as glue, staples and tape. Through the work, the school is hoping to win the Made By Milk contest and to receive up to $5,000 for technology needs. The purpose of the competition by Evergreen Packaging is to encourage students to recycle.
“We would like to use this money to increase the amount of technology that is available for the students and staff,” stated Roseboro Elementary leaders in an essay to Evergreen Packaging.
Roseboro Elementary has a chance to win the “People’s Choice” award if they receive more votes than other schools in the elementary category of the contest. Online voting is now open and continues through Dec. 11 at www.madebymilkcontest.com. Another way to win is to impress a panel of judges. Winners will be announced Jan. 6 and the work of the winners will be featured on the organization’s website.
The school in the Lakewood district is made up of mostly students from lower income households and is behind in the area of technology.
“Our current technology is outdated and much in need of being updated,” Roseboro representatives said. “In order for our students to be ready to compete in the world now and in their future, we must be able to provide them with the material and training they will need. We must prepare them for their future.”
Under the leadership of RES Project Sponsor Amanda Crumpler, Lynne Dukes and Keeler Brown, the entire student body participated in the recycling project. The idea was submitted to the school by April Jordan, child nutrition director for Sampson County Schools.
Tonya Colwell, principal of Roseboro Elementary School, thought it would be an awesome project to get the school involved, not only to win funds, but to educate as well. She was also proud of Crumpler for taking on the project and the work of everyone involved.
“Our team brainstormed and produced a product that was creative and original,” Colwell said. “It is our hope that the project will bring a few dollars to RES. No matter what the outcome is, we are already winners. When you walk in our building, the first thing you will see is our Big Dog on display and what a fine dog it is. The students, parents and visitors have been in awe when they see it.”
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