Featured, News

Welch Elementary’s Greyson Pace Wins Recycling Coalition of WV’s Freedom Contest

WELCH, W.Va. – Local student Greyson Pace was surprised at school this week with a visit from the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia after winning their Freedom Contest in his age group.

The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia recently announced the five statewide, age-category winners in its annual West Virginia Recycles Youth Contests. Hundreds of entries in the five age groups were submitted from across the state. The goals of the contests are to encourage students to use their creativity and learn about recycling.

Winning entries in the Coalition’s Freedom Contest were Greyson Pace in the 4th – 6th grade age group; Keira Dunn in the 7th – 8th grade category and Kerstyn Clendenen in the 9th – 12th grade group. Pace is a student at Welch Elementary in McDowell County. Dunn attends Mountaineer Middle School in Mongolia County and Clendenen is a student at Point Pleasant High School.

“If you know recycling is a thing, don’t litter,” said Pace about his win, encouraging everyone to take more responsibility for the waste they generate and ensuring it goes to its proper place.

Winning entires in the Coloring Contest were Lucia Scalise in the K-1st grade category and Eliana Michael in the 2nd – 3rd grade division. Scalise is a student at St. Mary’s Grade School in Clarksburg.

Michael is a student at Mineral Wells Elementary in Wood County. In the Coloring Contest, students identified and colored the recyclable, compostable and trash items on a coloring sheet, then cut and pasted the items next to a drawing of the appropriate compost, recycle or trash bin. Scalise and Michael each received a $25 Visa gift card and their teachers each received a $75 Visa gift card for classroom materials.

The Freedom Contest encourages older students to create a painting or drawing, write a poem, compose or record a song, produce a video, write an essay, or complete another project with a recycling theme. Each winner received a $75 prize. Pace’s teacher and Dunn’s teacher each received a companion prize of $100, while Clenden’s 4-H Club, the Haer Bears of Mason County, received $100.

The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to promote the effective and sustainable reduction, reuse and recycling of materials otherwise destined for disposal. The Recycling Coalition pursues these goals through the promotion of purchasing products made with recycled content material; by coordinating and facilitating activities relative to recycling; and by fostering communications among organizations, government agencies and individuals through the sharing of ideas and resources.