Cans for cash: local school efforts finance PE equipment

Can do: Tommie Barfield Elementary PE teacher Tim Coyle hoists a load of cans into a trailer at the school's East parking lot. A full trailer of cans yields about $150 towards the department's coffers to buy equipment.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Can do: Tommie Barfield Elementary PE teacher Tim Coyle hoists a load of cans into a trailer at the school's East parking lot. A full trailer of cans yields about $150 towards the department's coffers to buy equipment.

It’s a program that’s been in operation for almost 15 years, but there’s a renewed push to encourage students at Tommie Barfield Elementary to recycle aluminum cans.

Money collected from the collaborative efforts of students and their parents can run around $150 a trailer load, and that suits teacher Tim Coyle’s physical education department just fine.

All the money goes towards equipment for the department.

The trailers are situated in the school’s Eastern parking lot, and are collected by a contractor when they’re full, Coyle said.

Volunteer Debbie Schlinder, who’s been with the program since its inception, said students also have their own separate incentives to participate — top can collectors are rewarded with a Popsicle party.

She said local businesses are encouraged to participate in the can drive as well.

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