School and sports news for June 18

Recycling Pirates (and parents, and students)

Volunteers (including parent Rachel Bynum, right) manned first-time-ever recycling barrels, with homemade signs made by students, at DARE Day.  | Rappahannock News
Volunteers (including parent Rachel Bynum, right) manned first-time-ever recycling barrels, with homemade signs made by students, at DARE Day.

A parent and student-generated initiative at Rappahannock County Elementary School this spring culminated in a homemade plastic and aluminum recycling effort at the annual end-of-the-year DARE Day festivities at RCES. The initiative, according to parent and volunteer Rachel Bynum, stemmed in part from a well-received “Recycling Pirates” show at the school in April by Rappahannock-based Goodlife Theatre, featuring puppeteers Joe Pipik and Jeanne Wall. The show as sponsored by Rappahannock Friends and Lovers of Our Watershed (RappFLOW).

“Principal Cathy Jones was very supportive of the initiative,” Bynum writes of the DARE Day effort, “and teachers, students, and parents worked together to make it a successful first try at having recycling integrated into the day.”

Before the event, Bynum reports, kids at Child Care and Learning Center’s after-school program and in some classes at RCES generated signs to attach to the recycling bins.

Joe Pipik of Rappahannock's Goodlife Theatre gets students excited about generating less trash at April's "Recycling Pirates" show, sponsored at RCES by RappFLOW. | Rappahannock News
Joe Pipik of Rappahannock’s Goodlife Theatre gets students excited about generating less trash at April’s “Recycling Pirates” show, sponsored at RCES by RappFLOW.

“The kids’ signs were very convincing and positive in nature,” says Bynum, who with parents Linda Petty, Christina and Don Loock, and Michelle Almond, attached the students’ signs and distributed borrowed barrels to be used for recycling for the day.

“Many students helped with sorting on the actual day — however, the average participant didn’t seem used to sorting recyclables, and a lot of the sorting was done by volunteer parents, students, and teachers during the day and afterwards,” Bynum reports. “We saved hundreds of plastic and metal drink containers from the landfill.” Almond brought them to the recycling center at the end of the day.

As Rappahannock County makes it easier and more convenient to recycle (having instituted single-stream recycling at the Flatwood and Amissville collection centers earlier this year), Bynum says: “We are hopeful that more recycling will become a part of daily life at our schools.”

Mary Washington grads

The following local students were among the 1,158 students graduating from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg this spring:

  • Isabelle Funston Green Eastham of Flint Hill graduated with a B.S. in psychology.
  • Sarah Jewell Hazel of Sperryville graduated with a B.A. in art history with a minor in museum studies.
  • Helen Aileen Hutcheson of Amissville graduated with a B.S. in natural environmental science.
  • Jordan Timothy Torrance of Amissville graduated with a B.A. in historic preservation.

R-MA awards for Latham

Among the students attending Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) in Front Royal who were recognized for their athletic achievements during the 2015 spring sports season: Freshman Ryan Latham, the son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville, received the Coaches’ Award in tennis.

Latham also earned the Bronze Medal on the National Spanish Exam.

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