This little down time between the July 4th hullabaloo and the beginning of school is a good time to start thinking of ways you can help your neighborhood schools fill the financial void between the needs/wants and haves.
Phyllis Wingard of Keep Mobile Beautiful said that one of the easiest, least painful ways to do that is to clip, save and turn in those little rectangular Boxtops for Education coupons that come on everything from cereal to cleaning supplies.
Almost all elementary and middle schools collect the seals and "they make LOTS of money for their schools," Wingard said. In addition to parents who save the little seals for their children's school, Wingard encourages individuals, clubs/organizations, churches, senior centers and the like to save the Boxtops for a school near them or to drop them off at KMB.
Last year, Wingard said, KMB volunteers and employees went "dumpster diving" in the recycling bins and retrieved $1,200 worth of boxtops, which they gave to area schools through prizes and drawings.
Another profitable practice for local schools (and one that residents can help with) is to participate in plastic (PET #1) and aluminmu recycling contests through Keep Mobile Beautiful. "This is a great way to recycle and help schools at the same time," Wingard said. Many schools will also be participating this year in Mardi Gras beads and Christmas light recycling.
For more information, check with your neighborhood school or call KMB, 208-6029, or visit
www.keepmobilebeautiful.org/. Keep Mobile Beautiful is at 1451 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36604.