COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Students of a Warren, Ohio school saved glue bottles, glue sticks and ultimately the planet one orange cap at a time. Elmer's(R) Products, Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products, announced a Champion Central Elementary School kindergarten classroom as the 2008 grand prize winner of its classroom-based glue bottle and glue stick recycling program. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080523/CLF082 ) "More than 34,000 classrooms participated in Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program," said Terri Brown, Elmer's marketing services and communications manager. "We want to congratulate Mrs. MaryGrace Clark, her student teacher Mrs. Shannon Gibson and the students of Champion Central Elementary School for their dedication to improving the community. Mrs. Clark's students made an outstanding contribution to the program by collecting more than 530 glue sticks and glue bottles in just three months." Teachers across the country submitted award entries that detailed the most creative and innovative ways they integrated recycling into classroom lessons and activities for a chance to win the grand prize. Clark and Gibson made Elmer's the program a part of their daily lesson plans by integrating activities and projects that required the use of glue sticks and glue bottles. Every day, the kindergartners would take turns collecting the empty bottles and sticks from 11 additional classrooms they recruited to participate. The students created a chart to track the collection process and set a goal of collecting 200 bottles and sticks, which they quickly surpassed. Clark and Gibson applied program activities to their classroom lessons, with reading, writing and math exercises. "The children practiced writing how many glue sticks they collected each day, and every week we counted the bottles and sticks in our collection box by tens and ones," said Gibson. "Some of these children didn't understand the concept of recycling until we joined the Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program, and now it's a large part of their daily routine." As the grand prize winner, Mrs. Clark's students received trees planted in their name in a national forest. Elmer's also hosted a tree planting at their school, where each winning student received a certificate and an Elmer's product package. "Mrs. Gibson was the driving force behind bringing the program into my classroom," said Clark. "The program was incredibly easy to integrate into my lesson plans. It's easy to take advantage of the tools available on www.elmersgluecrew.com in my ongoing efforts to encourage my students to become lifelong recyclers." Champion Central Elementary is located in Warren, Ohio, and is part of the Champion Local School District in Trumbull County. The school is comprised of 600 students, kindergarten through fourth grade. The Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program is the first program of its kind, combining Elmer's expertise in education and creativity with its commitment to sustainable practices. Throughout the school year, nearly three quarters of one million students collected empty glue bottles and glue sticks. To reduce the environmental impact, teachers and students were encouraged to creatively use empty boxes in the classroom as collection boxes. Once the box was full, teachers simply sealed it, labeled it and dropped it off to the People Greeter at the nearest Wal-Mart(R) store. To join next year's Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program or learn more about the program visit www.elmersgluecrew.com . ABOUT ELMER'S Elmer's(R) Products, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has been a trusted brand and industry leader for more than 60 years. Elmer's produces a variety of well-known adhesives, arts and crafts, educational and office products for use at home, school or business. Elmer's branded products are developed to provide project solutions and to fulfill the consumer's inherent needs to create, build and learn. Elmer's also markets the number one instant adhesive in the U.S., Instant Krazy Glue(R), X-ACTO(R), a leader in innovative cutting blades, knives and office supply products, and Bienfang(R) graphic arts products. With recent acquisitions, James Galt & Co. Ltd., an international children's arts and crafts and activity products company, Scientific Explorer(TM), creator and distributor of science-based educational products for children, GiddyUp(TM), producer of licensed arts and crafts products for children, and ColorLoco(TM), maker of Blendy Pens, are each a division of Elmer's Products, Inc. For more information visit www.elmersbrands.com .
SOURCE Elmer's(R) Products, Inc.