Students and faculty of St. Peter R.C. School in Lewiston held an all-school paper drive in recognition of Earth Day this year and they recycled more than 15 tons of paper. Annually, the middle school science teacher, Ms. Lisa Drennan, coordinates a paper drive and a neighborhood cleanup as a celebration of Earth Day. The students work on projects in their classrooms to remind them to recycle, reuse, and reduce the amount of garbage that is being put into landfills.
Due to the efforts of Drennan, the school, and the community, St. Peter's was able to recycle 58 tons of paper in 2010, which in turn saved about 200 cubic yards of landfill space and raised $800 for the school science program.
This initiative is made possible by the Paper Retriever Recycling Program through AbitibiBowater, which is North America's largest manufacturer of newsprint.
The school has two green and yellow paper retriever bins in its back parking lot. Paper drop-offs are welcome; cardboard, however, cannot be accepted.