To celebrate Earth Day, many students and teachers of Frank K Hehnly Elementary school in Clark began the day Friday, April 21 by walking to school.  The group trudged through the rain in a conscious effort to do their part to cut down on a portion the greenhouse gases each of us generate going about our daily lives. 

Upon arriving at school, members of the Recycling Crusaders were proud to unveil their "buddy bench" at a ceremony attended by Union County Freeholder Sergio Granados.  The buddy bench will be placed on the school playground to foster inclusion and combat loneliness during play times.

The bench was paid for with funds raised by the Recycling Crusaders selling recycling t-shirts and raffling eco-friendly baskets.  The group also encouraging daily school recycling and participated in Terracycle and Tom's of Maine Recycling challenge throughout the year.  

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Following the walk and ceremony, the Recycling Crusaders were treated to a field trip to the Union County Department of Public Works organized by Freeholder Granados and FKH teachers Nina Conner and AnnMarie Estevez. 

The workshop given by the Head of the Department of Public Works Mr. Graziano and members of the Recycling Bureau featured hands-on activities centered on learning about what happens to all the items people recycle in Union County every day. 

The students also learned more about recycling labels, the utility of recycled materials and even met the Department MVP Kirby, the robotic recycling trash can.  The students and teachers left with souvenirs and fresh ideas for inspiring recycling in our communities for years to come.

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