TYLER (KYTX) - Robert E. Lee High School, located at 411 East Southeast Loop 323, invites the community to participate in the school's Campus Clean-Up and Beautification Day on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The purpose of the event is to improve the exterior cleanliness of the campus, dispose of or recycle outdated items, and increase the overall level of pride for the campus.
Additionally, twenty-eight student clubs, teams and organizations have adopted a section of the campus to maintain throughout the year.
Campus Clean-Up and Beautification Day culminates the school's participation in the Recycle Bowl Competition, a national recycling contest presented by Keep America Beautiful, sponsored by Nestle and introduced to the campus by the City of Tyler Parks and Recreation Department.
Schools across the country who are registered in the contest can win a variety of prizes related to the amount of recyclables collected.
Most importantly, the Recycle Bowl Competition helps to initiate recycling programs on campuses where such programs are not in place.
Lee Student Council members led the recycling initiative by creating posters and video announcements encouraging students and staff to recycle, placing containers in classrooms and faculty lounges and receptacles in key areas around campus, such as the courtyard and cafeteria.
Leaders from the school's Parent and Teacher Association also organized student pick-ups of recyclables from community events.
Each week, representatives from Nestle and the City of Tyler picked up the materials and provided weight amounts of the collected items. As of Friday, November 15, the campus had collected 212 pounds of recyclable materials.
"Our goal is to launch a year-long recycling project through the Campus Pride Committee of the Student Council in an effort to encourage Tyler to Go Green," said Lee Student Council sponsor and English teacher, Allison Rogers.
"Recycling is the best way to maximize our resource efficiency while simultaneously advocating for our community and our planet. Although we are just beginning this process, we can already see students learning to take the initiative in making a positive difference on our campus."
All students, parents and community volunteers participating in the Campus Clean-Up and Beautification Day are asked to register in the main office upon arrival to the campus. Name and contact information are required to participate.