Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School students celebrate their fourth straight victory in the Great American Can Round Up.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School students celebrate their fourth straight victory in the Great American Can Round Up.

OLPH wins Can Round Up for fourth straight year

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School is the state winner in a national recycling challenge sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute.

OLPH has won the Great American Can Round Up four years in a row.

OLPH students recycled 1,034 pounds of aluminum beverage cans, which equals 34,122 cans, the most of any participating school in North Carolina. The school earned $534.68 in recycling proceeds in addition to the $1,000 prize awarded by CMI. The funds will be used to help the expanding Computer Technology program at OLPH.

“Each year, we collect more cans and the enthusiasm for the contest grows.” said Maria Votava, the Home and School Association president. “The contest is a great way for students and parents to support the school, get involved in recycling and help reduce litter. Students tell me when they see a can in a parking lot or on the grass at a local park, they pick it up so we can have one more can for the contest.

“I would like to say thank you to the parent volunteers who collected, crushed and transported the cans to Regional Materials Recovery on Halifax Road. The parents brought the cans in before work, on their lunch breaks and on their days off. The employees at Regional Materials Recovery always made our job easier by being very friendly and efficient.”

For the past four years, OLPH has recycled 3,303 pounds of aluminum beverage cans, which is equal to 108,999 cans. The money earned from the contest has helped purchase software programs, memberships to online educational resources, laptop cases, ceiling mounted projectors for the classrooms, and new swings for the playground.

“Every student in fifth- through eighth-grade has a laptop computer they use in every class. Updating software and having online educational resources available to all of our students is a top priority at OLPH,” Votava said. “We have very dedicated students, parents and teachers – plus, our parishioners are always very supportive of our school. Everyone is on board when it comes to doing our best in the Great American Can Round Up Contest. This contest really brings us together.”

CMI sponsored the Great American Can Roundup School Challenge, which drew participation of more than 1,000 schools nationwide with student involvement at more than half a million. CMI is the trade association representing can makers and their suppliers.