(STATEHOUSE) Dec. 7, 2007 - Gov. Mitch Daniels recently announced that Roncalli Catholic High School has been selected to receive a Recycling Grant worth $1,500 from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). State Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) and his House colleagues passed legislation that created this grant program to encourage waste reduction and recycling efforts.
"I want to extend congratulations to Roncalli Catholic High School for being selected as a grant recipient," said Rep. Murphy. "Also, I want to thank Roncalli's staff and students for their leadership in reducing waste in our community and Indiana."
Assistant Principal for Student Activities Shellie Hartford at Roncalli High School, applied for the grant. The school's recycling program focuses on paper products, like copy paper, newspapers and notebook paper. The recycling efforts are facilitated by the STARS (Students That Are Ready for Success) program, Roncalli's special needs program for students who are not college tracked. These students are responsible for collecting the paper from classrooms and staff offices, sorting the paper and making sure the paper is deposited in the proper receptacles. Indianapolis Recycling Fiber picks up the paper for recycling.
"The program has been a tremendous success," said Hartford. "I am very proud of our students and staff. Our STARS students have really taken ownership of the program and are doing a fantastic job. In fact, the entire student body has demonstrated full participation in the recycling efforts, which is crucial for the project's success.
Reducing solid waste and improving Indiana's environmental outlook has been an ongoing goal of both Gov. Daniels and the Indiana General Assembly. When schools like Roncalli establish recycling programs and take advantage of funding opportunities like this grant program, Indiana comes closer to achieving this goal.
For more information on grant opportunities and ways that Indiana is working to reduce waste, visit the IDEM website at www.in.gov/idem.
Rep. Murphy encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at email@example.com, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.