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Consolidated Communications Rewards Local Schools for Recycling

Three local schools receive rewards for recylcing old phone books

December 5, 2013 -  Area students recently gathered more than 21,000 phone books for recycling, and as a reward they earned contributions for their schools totaling $2,500 from Consolidated Communications.

The books were collected by students at St. Anthony Grade School, Sacred Heart School and Sigel St. Michael.  During the month-long program in October, students were encouraged to gather old phone books from family members and friends and bring them into each school following the delivery of the 2012-2013 Phone Book from Consolidated.

St. Anthony Grade School students earned top honors by gathering an average of 40 books per student, for a total of 13,909 books. 

Sacred Heart School students gathered the second highest tally with 35 books per student, for a total of 5,003 books and students at Sigel St. Michael gathered 20 books per student by bringing in 2,189.

“Consolidated Communications is proud of the work these students did to gather old telephone books,” said Jenny Walden, manager, Consolidated Directories. “This program teaches children about the benefits of recycling and provides the schools with funding for other programs and opportunities for the students.”

Walden added that through this program, the books were picked up at the schools and housed by Sanitation Service Inc., of Effingham before being recycled. “This program is truly a great community project. Brian Hayes of Sanitation Service donates his company’s time to pick up the books and arranges for recycling each year with Howard’s Disposal. We couldn’t do this program without their support, and we sincerely appreciate it,” Walden said.

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