Lakeland Hills Scores Big with Blackberries!
Lakeland Hills Elementary has been participating with Cartridges for Kids since 2006, and communication with parents is a very regular part of their recycling program. But in the Spring of ’09, Lakeland’s program coordinator Alisa Kruse decided to try something a little different. She sent home CFK’s summer fliers, encouraging parents to save their recyclables over the summer.
In the Fall when the students returned, they immediately held a collection drive to gather all the items collected over the summer months. One of the parents who received a Save over Summer flier was able to collect over 70 Blackberry smart phones from her husbands employer, earning the school almost $450! Lakeland was given a $50 bonus for earning over $200 during their 6 week collection drive, bringing their total to just shy of $500.
The moral of this story is you never know WHO you might reach if you just put the word out! We have lots of great ideas for getting in touch with parents, local businesses, and other potential supporters. Find them all on our website under Ways to Grow.
Way to go Lakeland Elementary!