Honor Roll: students turn recycling into art

East Rochester, N.Y. (WROC-T.V.) - Students at East Rochester Elementary School managed to make saving the planet fun and beautiful. 

Working with their art teacher, third-graders built a sculpture out of milk cartons for a nationwide competition.

"Sometimes a teacher has to be hands on and try to make sure everything works. In this instance, it was just the opposite. I was more the facilitator and they were more self-motivated," says art teacher Edward Mandara. "So I just took a step back, and the results speak for themselves."

The students learned about the importance of recycling, and then got to work designing and making their sports themed sculpture.

"We were working together, and it just feels so good to work together," says student Lucy Hollenbeck. "It feels good to make it because it just represents East Rochester, and it feels good to do that!"

Out of roughly 30 teams nationwide, East Rochester came in third place and won $1000 for East Rochester Elementary School.


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