Congratulations to Mrs. Wetherington's 4th grade class at New Mountain Hill Elementary School! Mrs. Wetherington's class competed in the 2010-2011 Disney Planet Challenge. Disney Planet Challenge [DPC] is a project-based learning, environmental competition for classrooms across the United States. DPC teaches kids about science and conservation while empowering them to make a positive impact on their communities and planet.
The students expanded last year's recycling project by creating the "Wildcat Recycling Center" that is housed on the school's property. A big "Thanks!" goes to Harris County High School's Skills USA students who built the fence for the recycling center. They were also able to develop a fundraiser for New Mountain Hill's chorus program by collecting over 1,500 pounds of aluminum and more than 1,300 pounds of phonebooks (Park Elementary, Pine Ridge Elementary and Harris County Carver Middle School also participated by collecting phonebooks). In addition, the students also sorted, counted, weighed, and graphed New Mountain Hill Elementary School's in-house recycling which included: more than 600 pounds of paper, almost 600 pounds of magazines, more than 100 pounds of cardboard, 15 pounds of newspapers, over 1,000 plastic containers, more than 500 aluminum cans and over 800 pieces of Styrofoam!
Laurie Monserrat, Disney's spokesperson, said, "CONGRATULATIONS to you and your students on submitting such a fantastic project for Disney's Planet Challenge! In order to be recognized as a 'State Winner', your project needed to score over 80% and as you know, that is not easy to accomplish. So again, a gigantic 'congratulations' to you and your students for your accomplishments. Your hard work, passion, and dedication shined through, and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to see just that through your project." By the end of April, the students will receive the following prizes: reusable lunch boxes, reusable water bottles, CDs, DVDs, and a certificate of appreciation.
**Special thanks to: All students, parents, teachers and administrators who played a part in our Disney Planet Challenge, Mr. Kennis Thomas' students for creating the signs and banners for the project, Mr. Connor and his Skills USA students for building the fence surrounding the recycling center, Mr. Ryan Miller for printing the t-shirts, Sheriff Mike Jolley for donating the funds in order to build the fence, Harris County's Landfill for donating the recycling unit, and Harris County's community members for their continued support.