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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Williams students collect 46,364 bags to turn into homeless mats

  • What started off as a small school project to build awareness about recycling for Earth day and help collect bags for a local organization turned into a full-blown community service project at Williams Early Childhood Center.
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  • What started off as a small school project to build awareness about recycling for Earth day and help collect bags for a local organization turned into a full-blown community service project at Williams Early Childhood Center.
    The project’s goal was to collect 1,000 used plastic grocery bags over a two-week period to donate to a local organization that makes mats for the homeless. Preschoolers and their families collected bags from friends, neighbors and organizations for the drive, hoping to collect enough bags to make 10 mats. (It takes approximately 1,000 bags to make an average mat.) Instead, the school collected 46,364 bags – enough bags to make 46 mats. 
    “I never thought it would be this big!” says Kathleen Brown who led the effort. 
    The remaining bags will go to the district Snack in a Pack program. 
    The winning classes will receive a pizza party, arranged through Kym McCall and I-STEM.
    Now the task of consolidating the bags for transport begins. Volunteers, led by Anna Cichocki, will begin folding and sorting bags. If you are interested in (573) 336-2550.
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