Saving juice boxes at home and school was a move that benefited the environment for sure. But for local elementary school students and their families, it was also a rewarding act as it helped raise a significant amount of money for Tewksbury schools.
Heath Brook Elementary School and Trahan Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee members collected and recycled drink pouches used both at home and in the schools' lunch rooms.
As a result the groups recently reached the second level of the TerraCycle and Capri Sun's Drink Pouch Brigade® milestone contest, hitting over 18,000 drink pouches.
To reward the schools for their accomplishments, they earned over $1,600 through the program.
Thousands of schools around the country are taking part in the recycling program. For more information, visit the group's website.
"The Milestone Program is meant to inspire individuals and organizations to collect more waste while receiving prizes for their achievements," said Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle. "It is rewarding to see the students and administration get so involved in making this work. It’s an incredible achievement to have kept so many pouches out of the waste stream."