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Kids are collecting soda can pop tops
By Times Staff Writer
Published January 24, 2008
Spring Hill Elementary School students have been involved in a program to help sick and injured children. Since mid December, children have been bringing aluminum can pop tops to their classrooms.
The tabs are donated to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, which recycle them and use the money to support children in their hospitals, said Cheryl Licht, a kindergarten teacher at the school and vice president of the Parent Teacher Student Organization.
"It's a way to teach the kids how easy it is to give," she said. "Already they have brought in so many."
Licht started out with a coffee can in her classroom for the collection, but she had to bring in a bigger, plastic bin. "I think I have about 9 pounds of tabs," she said. The tabs come in every Friday. The program will continue until sometime in May.
Licht considers the collection a good lesson for the children. "It's so easy. It doesn't cost anyone any money. It does go to the Shriners. All the students know about it. They've even told their families, 'Oh, we're helping sick kids'".
Some younger students may have been a little too enthusiastic. Kindergarteners had to be told not to go into the refrigerator and open cans just to get the pop tops.