STATEWIDE — As “March Madness” heats up, thousands of elementary, middle and high school students are engaging in some friendly competition of their own. The “Maine Recycles Championship” is the first-ever statewide contest that is raising money for schools, while encouraging kids and their communities to recycle. The Championship is sponsored by CLYNK, the Maine company that makes it easy to recycle and make a difference, and Hannaford Supermarkets.
“We’re very excited that CLYNK and Hannaford are doing this for schools, because we need all the help we can get,” said Barbara Jordan, Assistant Principal at George Mitchell School. “We are seeing such an enthusiastic response from our students and families that we’ve had to order extra bags!”
More than fifty local schools are competing to collect and “CLYNK” the most bottles and cans (per enrolled student) from now until April 29th. Prizes will be awarded to schools in two tiers: 400 students or more, and fewer than 400 students. One winning school in each tier will receive a grand prize of $2,000; second-place will get $1,000; and third-place will receive $500. And, of course, each school will receive every nickel it earns during the competition.
The tier one schools currently in the lead are Harriet Beecher Stowe (in Brunswick), George J. Mitchell (in Waterville), and Lincoln Academy (in Newcastle). Cliff Island School, Crossroads Christian School (in Morrill) and The Riley School (in Rockland) are the top ranking schools in tier two. Students and supporters can track their schools’ progress and see the environmental impact of their recycling at www.clynk.com.
“I don’t know if we’ll win, but I think we have a good shot. We’re trying to build a new science building, so I check our rankings every single day,” said Jason LeBlond, a third grader at Riley School.
To add to the excitement, CLYNK is holding contests to challenge students’ creativity. Elementary school classes are encouraged to design a CLYNK t-shirt as a class. The winning class will receive t-shirts with their design. Middle school students are invited to design a CLYNK mascot to win $25 gift cards. High school students can win $50 gift cards for creating the best “How Do You CLYNK?” video.
It’s not too late to participate. Schools across the state can still sign up by calling CLYNK at (866) 228-8454. A complete list of rules is available at www.clynk.com/championship.
CLYNK is a Maine business that started in the spring of 2006. CLYNK self-serve kiosks are exclusively located in 46 Hannaford Supermarkets across Maine. The company’s mission is to make recycling- and making a difference- easier for everyone. Through programs like Hannaford Community Cash and Cans for a Cure, CLYNK makes it easy for people and businesses to support their communities and the causes that are important to them. To learn more about CLYNK, visit www.clynk.com.