Let me get the tab…

The Compass - - OBITUARIES -

Don’t be sur­prised if, for the next three years, sev­eral stu­dents at Car­bon­ear Academy ask for the tab off your pop or juice cans. Hay­ley Power, Kyle Short, Emma Keats, Hailee Hoyles, Han­nah Doyle and Jas­mine Craw­ford, re­cently grad­u­ated Grade 5 stu­dents, have turned re­cy­cling at their school into some­thing big­ger. The group be­gan col­lect­ing the alu­minum tabs in Oc­to­ber, and to date have col­lected sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand. But why pop can tabs? Turns out, the leg­end is true that col­lect­ing the tabs can gen­er­ate enough in­come to pur­chase a wheel­chair. But they are not ready to cash in yet. The magic num­ber of tabs to cash in has to “fill a bath­tub.” The stu­dents and teach­ers, Suzanne Chafe (Grade 5) and Judy Hoyles (Grade 6), be­lieve that to be around one mil­lion tabs. On June 25, three big boxes and a large plas­tic tote were filled to the top with tabs, but this is just the be­gin­ning. “The stu­dents ex­pect to keep go­ing while they are here at Car­bon­ear Academy,” Mrs. Chafe ex­plained. There are signs around the school telling stu­dents, teach­ers, other staff and vis­i­tors that they could drop off their tabs at Mrs. Chafe’s class­room this year, ex­plain­ing that they wanted to do­nate a wheel­chair to a sick child in need at the Janeway. Next year, they’ ll be able to drop them off to Mrs. Hoyles class­room.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Those on hand to show The Com­pass the collection were, from left, Hay­ley Power, Kyle Short and Emma Keats.

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