MOUNT VERNON — Just before school was out for the summer, students in the Knox County Educational Service Center’s Transition Mission program gave the Salvation Army flower beds a facelift with new flowers. The flowers were purchased with funds received from recycling efforts.
Transition Mission coordinator Nancy Gregg said “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” is an ongoing quest for the individuals in the program, and many of the classroom and community activities involve environment- related themes. One project entailed the students taking unused books and outdated textbooks apart and taking the cardboard to Rumpke Recycling to raise funds for community volunteer projects.
When Dann Beaver, owner of Mt. Vernon Overhead Door Co., learned about their efforts, he decided to support them. Gregg said he realized he was paying to have cardboard hauled as trash, and instead began hauling his large containers full of cardboard to Rumpke and donated the funds to the students’ service projects.
Most recently, students were able to purchase flowers at the Knox Career Center’s Horticulture greenhouse, and plant them at the Salvation Army building where they regularly volunteer.
“It was a win-win,” Gregg said. “All parties involved benefited. Overhead Door Company was able to get rid of cardboard, Rumpke recycled it, KCCC sold plants, The Salvation Army gained flowers and students of Transition Mission were afforded a real world experience for teaming, finance, building maintenance and community involvement. We are pleased the students were able to encourage others to recycle.”