The DHS Class of 2019's ongoing can drive benefits both the students and the senior center.
The can drive is a fundraiser for the eighth grade class. Class president Sadie Sands is helping coordinate the project.
"We knew that the senior center was recycling cans. We thought that if we could increase the amount, then it would help a lot of people, because we know there are a lot of cans that aren’t recycled here.”
The senior center receives benefit from sending the cans to Seattle Iron & Metal Company to recycle.
The eighth grade class is raising funds through pledges. Community members can choose to pledge either a flat amount or a few cents per can. Sands says the community response has been enthusiastic.
The students also received a grant from the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC) to purchase trash bins and a scale to weigh cans.
Sands explained that her class will use the funds to host school events.
"At the end of eighth grade we do a class promotion celebration, we have prom in junior year, and senior year we have to do graduation. But we're hoping if we get a lot of money extra, then maybe we can do a class trip when we're seniors or something fun like that."
The project is ongoing, Sands said, so Dillingham residents should continue to save their aluminum beverage cans. The next can drive will take place this Saturday (March 14) in the school parking lot.
To make a pledge, contact Mrs. Sands at the school.