SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — For the past eight weeks, more than 50 local schools have competed to collect and “CLYNK” the most bottles and cans per enrolled student in the Maine Recycles Championship, sponsored by CLYNK, a recycling company, and Hannaford Supermarkets.
The Lincoln Academy Climate Action Club in Newcastle won the grand prize of $2,000 for the first tier category (400 students or more); the grand prize winner in the second tier (fewer than 400 students) was Crossroads Christian School with locations in Brewer, Old Town, Ellsworth, Belfast and Waterville.
“The whole school came together to help, and now we’ll use the prize money to add to our array of solar panels on the school roof,” said Charlie Scimone, a science teacher at Lincoln Academy and the adviser to the Climate Action Club.
The other first-tier winners were Mallett School in Farmington, $1,000 for second place, and Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary in Brunswick, $500 for third place. In the second tier, Cliff Island School on Peaks Island was awarded second place and $1,000, and The Riley School in Rockport came in third and received $500.
“A group of eight-year-olds became the project leaders for the entire school. They handed out CLYNK bags, visited restaurants, got parents involved, graphed our weekly results and much more,” said Ava Goodale, science facilitator at The Riley School. “Our whole community was caught up. One board member even matched the total funds raised and added $500.”
A list of school standings and the environmental effect of their recycling is available at clynk.com/championship.