The Purdy High School Spanish Club is asking the community to help reach their goal of 500,000 pounds of total material recycled through the Purdy Recycling Project by Earth Day, which falls on April 22 this year.
With just three weeks remaining, students are geared up to sort and bundle up at least two shipments totaling 37,000 pounds in order to reach their goal.
"One shipment is slated to go out this week, and we will need to make another before April 22," said Gerry Wass, Spanish Club advisor. "We will need help from the community for students to reach that goal."
The Purdy Recycling Project was initiated in 2005 as an effort to both provide a service to the community and make money for the Spanish Club.
Students in fifth through 12th grades get hands-on experience in sorting recyclable materials including three different types of paper, three types of plastic, large pieces of Styrofoam, aluminum and steel cans, cardboard and used oil filters.
Paper should be sorted into white office paper with no colored ink, newspaper and other mixed paper products for a more cost-effective recycling effort.
Students are also participating in the Great American Can Roundup, and will collect aluminum beverage cans until the contest ends on April 22. A cash prize of $1,000 is awarded to the winning school in each state. A $5,000 prize is awarded to the national winner.
"We are hoping to be the top aluminum can recycler in Missouri," Wass said.
"Every can and every piece of cardboard or paper will help sustain this program and allow it to harvest money from trash which will be re-invested into the Purdy community."
Some of the funds are used to provide scholarships to qualifying Purdy Spanish Club graduates.
The Purdy Recycling Project is now open every Tuesday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., except on holidays.
The club's sorting facility is located on Gabby Gibbons Drive on the east side of the Purdy Park.
For more information, call 417-442-3216 or visit www.purdyrecyclingproject.org.