Maxwell Elementary School's parent-led recycling program surpassed its $15,000 goal for the school year.
"We're at $16,600 right now," parent volunteer Judith Hodges said May 19, the last day of classes at the Thomson school.
"We collect about 20 different items," Hodges explained. They range from chip bags and juice pouches to ink cartridges and cell phones.
Recycled items are shipped to TerraCycle Inc., of Trenton, N.J.
Parent volunteer Alice Gary was clipping box tops Thursday. "This is my second year helping Judith," she said.
"She fills in every vacant spot," Hodges said of Gary.
Lids from plastic Coke bottles are exchanged for school supplies. This past year the program earned enough points for two pencils, an eraser and a glue stick for every student, and crayons and a tape dispenser for each classroom.
Gary said her daughters Kelly, a kindergartner, and Sarah, a first-grader, also support recycling.
She said the family was shopping and Kelly "asked the checkout clerk if she could have the trash out of the trash can."
Hodges said her first-grade daughter, Caroline, is "as big into this as I am."
Hodges said custodian Sam Sturgis supports the program, too.
"I help out any way that I can," Sturgis said.
Sturgis said Hodges is always cutting coupons or promoting recycling in one way or another.
"She's the workingest woman I've ever seen," he said.
Hodges said the program will resume in the fall, but many parents do not want to hold their recyclables all summer. So the school will be open for a midsummer recycling day from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 18.