A group of fifth-graders at Prospect Elementary School is collecting plastic caps to build a new park bench.
The students need to collect a minimum of 400 pounds of caps.
Teacher Kim Koos said the idea of collecting recyclables came after the fifth grade classes visited the Republic Services Lorain County Landfill and the city’s wastewater plant earlier this year.
Collect the recyclable caps may have started with fifth-graders but student Silas Jenkins has taken the initiative to gather the caps from individual students. Jenkins said they have roughly 30 pounds of plastic caps and still need more.
The kids were interested in getting a new park bench just to sit on and enjoy at their school.
Koos said as soon as the students collect at least 400 caps she will deliver them to a company in Indianapolis that will melt them together to build a bench.
Anyone interested in donating plastic caps can drop them off at Prospect Elementary School.
Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune Cal Davies, Silas Jenkins, Jackson Schaeffer, Asa Rosen-Jones, Alhana Rucker, Zach Webb, Marcus Bertoni, and Grant Martz have collected 30 pounds of plastic caps and need 400 pounds to build a new park bench.