Kettle Lake Elementary School Wins New Playground

Students from Kettle Lake Elementary School say "Thank You" after winning a new playground made from recycled oral care products.
Students from Kettle Lake Elementary School say “Thank You” after winning a new playground made from recycled oral care products.

Congratulations to Kettle Lake Elementary School in Alto, Mich., which was the 2017 winner of the Colgate & Meijer Recycled Playground Challenge, sponsored by Colgate, TerraCycle and Meijer. The school collected 12,094 pieces of recyclable oral care waste — a record for the most oral care waste recycled during a playground promotion, according to TerraCycle. The school will use their grand prize to enhance their school compound revamp.

“The students, staff and parents at Kettle Lake Elementary School have been recycling champions for years,” Principal Sean M. McLaughlin said. “As a Michigan Green School, we enjoy a great partnership with TerraCycle and our recycling efforts have helped educate families and develop positive recycling habits throughout our community. We were blessed to have so many Kettle Lake friends and families supporting our efforts.”

Meijer treated the students to hot cider and donuts after a recent ribbon cutting ceremony of the new playground made from recycled oral care products.  This is the third year Meijer has sponsored the initiative.