Long Beach School District, Hempstead Town Collaborate on Philanthropic Recycling Initiative

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Students from Long Beach High School’s Life Skills Program are working together with Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Hempstead Town on a great recycling program that will benefit both the environment and children with special needs.

On March 23, Hempstead Town provided 100 plastic recycling bins to the school to help students collect bottles and cans. The school will donate proceeds from the collected beverage containers to not-for-profit organizations that assist persons with special needs, including the town’s Camp ANCHOR program.

“Recycling programs are a great way to get our young people involved in their community,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “We commend students from the Long Beach High School Life Skills Program for their selfless philanthropy on behalf of people with special needs.”

The Life Skills students will distribute the recycle bins into classrooms and also spoke at the ceremony, which included an artistic backdrop they created with an art teacher. This new Redeemable Recycling Initiative is an expansion of the Long Beach School District’s ongoing efforts to teach students the importance of protecting the local environment, particularly when it comes to keeping waste out of the waterways.

“We are excited to add this new feature to the districtwide recycling program, and we are grateful to the Town of Hempstead for supporting us through the donation of the bins,” Superintendent of Schools David Weiss said. “This initiative is aligned with the Long Beach Public Schools’ mission to help students develop as global citizens who give back to their community.”

The Town of Hempstead has hosted many programs, services and initiatives that focus on protecting and rehabilitating the local environment. Just in this month alone, the town has hosted public events at which residents can dispose of electronics, hazardous waste and documents in a safe and environmentally friendly fashion. What’s more, the town recently unveiled a mattress-recycling program, detailing the ecological benefits of reusing the bedding’s steel, foam, metal and cotton components.

Over the years, the town has also demonstrated its commitment and dedication to persons with special needs. The Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center at Camp ANCHOR serves 1,200 children and adults with special needs, providing top-notch programs and activities for all. And, Camp ANCHOR recently announced a partnership with the Peninsula Kiwanis Club to create a community service organization for people with special needs. As part of this group, participants fundraise, plant trees, head up recycling projects, landscape community grounds and much more.

“With so many beautiful parks, beaches and waterways in the Town of Hempstead, protecting our environment is one of our township’s top priorities,” concluded Santino. “We look forward to seeing our dedicated students in action, who are helping to spread the word about the importance of recycling.”