LEWISTON — Every other Wednesday, two dozen students stay after school to recycle at the Saint Dominic Academy elementary school campus. 

The Recycling Club was started eight years ago by fourth-graders in Elizabeth Dunn’s classroom. Those students have now moved on and are about to finish high school, but Dunn has kept the club going. 

“This is a bit of a passion for me,” Dunn said. “Recycling, our planet, so I stick with it.”  

Half of the recycling club collected paper and plastic from each classroom on Wednesday. Dunn and her “recycle train” carried full bins from the school to a single-sort container outside while prekindergarten teacher Deb Anthoine worked with the other half on posters to promote America Recycles Day for the school hallways. 

“The kids are excited,” Dunn said. They give up 45 minutes that they could be home playing and having a snack. They give it all up to do this.” 

One of the students’ favorite tasks is to collect aluminum tabs from cans. The tabs are stored in bins until the club has enough to sell for scrap. The last haul brought in $35 that went back into club supplies. 

“I try to encourage the kids to think about the little ways to help our planet,” Dunn said: “Reduce, reuse, recycle; that is what I try to do.”  

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