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Rewarding students for environmental stewardship

Published: Jun 26, 2013

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Columbus Primary School was the recipient of a new Compaq All-in-One desktop computer as a reward for earning a top spot in the recent “Cans for Kids” Spring Bash competition from Custom Computers Ltd. (CCL).

The school competed with 19 other public and private schools in New Providence and the Family Islands in the contest. The can collection drive challenged students to collect the most aluminium cans — which are destined for recycling — within a 60-day period. Columbus Primary collected 1,200 pounds of cans and raised $350 for its various projects.

In making the presentation to the school, Racquella Sweeting, CCL customer service representative, said that the company was extremely pleased to be involved in this endeavor.

“Custom Computers is very concerned about the environment, so we are always willing to assist with projects of this nature, particularly when we see students doing their part to save our planet,” she said.

CCL is a partner in a global recycling program conducted by Hewlett-Packard (HP). Through the initiative, CCL collects used HP ink and toner cartridges and ships them at its own expense to the United States for recycling and re-purposing. This year, the company sent a 20-foot container to HP plants with the assistance of a generous shipping rate provided by MSC Bahamas Ltd.

“We commend all of the local companies and individuals who support us in our mission to reduce the amount of reusable waste going into the city dump,” said CCL director Pia Farmer. “We also congratulate ‘Cans for Kids’ for educating our children about the importance of preserving and protecting our environment.”

First place in the Spring Bash contest went to the The Indaba Project (an after-school program, which collected 2,755 pounds of cans) and second place was earned by Temple Christian Primary School, which gathered more than 1,400 pounds of cans for recycling. Both received cash prizes to help fund their respective field trip programs.

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