LA's BEST and the American Chemistry Council Team Up for a Second Time to Educate Students About Recycling and Healthy Habits

'Go H2O!' Challenge to teach students about the importance of drinking water and reusing and recycling plastics

Oct 22, 2010, 11:00 ET from American Chemistry Council

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- LA's BEST has teamed up with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for a second year to rally thousands of students to transform the way they think about recycling and their health. LA's BEST students will embark on the "Go H2O!" challenge to learn about the environmental benefits of recycling and the importance of drinking water for a healthy lifestyle.  

"The 2009 program was a huge success and we still see kids carrying their 'Go H2O!' water bottles at our sites. We are pleased to offer the opportunity to challenge, excite and educate even more of our students about the importance of healthy choices and recycling," said Carla Sanger, LA's BEST President and CEO.

Eighty-nine LA's BEST school sites across Los Angeles are participating in the "Go H2O!" Challenge from October 22 through November 12.  Students are challenged to drink one bottle of water throughout the LA's BEST program each afternoon and increase their recycling knowledge through educational games and tips. To support this effort, ACC is donating 15,000 reusable plastic water bottles to participating schools and providing educational materials to support the recycling lessons.

"Working with LA's BEST has allowed us to provide an educational program for more than 30,000 students.  We are pleased to be part of a partnership that not only teaches kids the importance of recycling but also the importance of healthy habits," said Steve Russell, vice president, plastics, of the American Chemistry Council. "Learning to reduce, reuse and recycle is an important lesson for us all and we are excited to work with LA's BEST again this year to get kids involved and engaged early."

LA's BEST  —  Better Educated Students for Tomorrow — is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children, ages 5 to 12, at 180 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $689 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

SOURCE American Chemistry Council