Looking for a place to get rid of that old cell phone, or inkjet printer cartridge?
Look no further than the Proviso East High School National Honor Society.
The students in the National Honor Society (NHS) are collecting old cell phones, inkjet printer cartridges, small electronic devices, and toners to recycle. The items that are collected are sent to the Funding Factory, which then credits the NHS a cash value for each object.
"We’re looking for anything electronic that we can recycle," said Antony Greenhow, a Proviso East senior and the NHS president. "We’re trying to increase our budget. We’re hoping to do something."
Ms. Ashley Glickman, a Proviso East English teacher and the NHS sponsor, said that the group does activities such as field trips and provides its senior members tassels to wear at graduation. She said that a fundraiser such as this one made the most sense.
"We wanted to do something where we are utilizing what we already have," she said.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the fundraiser was a creative way to raise money.
"It is a creative, innovative and excellent fundraiser for our NHS students," he said. "I hope this catches on with other schools and organizations."
To make the fundraiser more interesting, the Proviso East NHS is competing against St. Mary School in DeKalb to see which group can collect the most items to recycle in Funding Factory’s "Recycling Rumble." Participating groups receive an additional 25 percent for every item collected between February 12 and April 30, with the winners of the head-to-head contests winning an iPad.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, also praised the creativity of the fundraiser.
"Budgets are tight for anyone connected to public education," she said. "When a group comes up with a creative way to raise money on their own, it helps everyone and is a win-win for all involved."
Greenhow said that it is a good way to save the environment. Jennifer Ramirez, a Proviso East junior and NHS member, said that recycling the electronics is an easy way for anyone to get involved.
"People go out and get new phones," she said. "They have to get the new phones, but what do they do with the old ones?"