LeMoyne Elementary School wins Mastri Recycling award

LeMoyne Elementary students gather for the presentation of the Mastri Recycling Award.

Students, faculty and staff at LeMoyne Elementary School have all learned their lesson when it comes to recycling.

Thatâ??s why the school received the Dr. Vonnell Mastri Recycling Excellence Award, presented to them by the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency.

The award is given annually in honor of Dr. Mastri, a former educator at Onondaga Community College and a City of Syracuse appointee to the OCRRA board of directors who embodied the passion of recycling.

The school credits the leadership of Principal Laura Vieira-Suarez and Head Custodian Robert Francis for the inspiration to recycle.

"What makes our recycling program special is that the students are actively involved and engaged in the entire process. Having students as active participants gives them a sense of responsibility," says Vieira-Suarez.

Student volunteers from every classroom take part in the effort by collecting classroom recyclables and setting them aside for the custodial staff to manage.

The teachers take electronic attendance, using both sides of the paper for copying and printing and using scrap paper for copies, all in the effort to cut down on waste.

You can learn more about OCRRA by visiting their website.