Wanted: Pop tabs

by Rosemary Occhino, Fulton Board of Education

For the remainder of the 2012-2013 year, the Fulton City School District will participate in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY’s “Pick Up the Tab” campaign.

This campaign collects aluminum  pop tabs year-round. Pop tabs  are found on soda and soup cans, some animal food containers, and other food and beverage items.

A second Ronald McDonald House was recently built in Syracuse. More than 200 organizations, including many school districts, are on the bandwagon collecting pop tabs to help keep families in need together. Pop tabs are an easy way to recycle and help others. Anyone can do it!!  Did you know that one pound of aluminum is sold for $0.60? It takes 1,267 pop tabs to make a pound.

The pop tabs can make a big impact in collected in big numbers. We would like to be apart of that impact, and making a difference to others by collecting as many pop tabs as possible.

Last year we held a competition between our local schools. In May 2012, we delivered over one million pop tabs that weighed over 900 pounds to the Ronald McDonald House. The check for the Ronald McDonald House was nearly $500. Fairgrieve and Volney elementary schools contributed over 500 pounds together.

This year, Lanigan Elementary is ahead with 13 pounds. It is my hope that everyone will encourage others to pop off a tab and eventually assist others in need. Please allow the Fulton City School District to be an example of “The Golden Rule.”

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