Friday, 15 May 2009

One Hundred Pounds

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Steven delivered 100 pounds of aluminum pull-tabs to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta today. (The boy only weights 90 pounds himself.)
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This year Steven headed up a school-wide project to collect tabs from beverage cans for the RMHSA. The House sells the tabs (which are worth more than the aluminum can they were pulled from!) to West-Can Recycling and uses the money to support the programs at the House. To motivate the students in his school, Steven set up bi-monthly contests with prizes for the classes that collected the most tabs during each contest period. The competition seemed to work well because the receptionist at the Ronald McDonald House was a little shocked by so many tabs from a single source. Our school did us proud.
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For Steven, initiating and leading this project means he has 22 hours completed towards his Chief Scout Award - he'll continue the project in the 2009-2010 school year to finish his hours.
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(It's been great to do the scouting thing with Steven, and yet at the same time, I'm glad to have only one son.)

14 comments:

Janine said...

Well, yes, you only have one son, but in terms of boys that you are helping get their chief scout award - you have Coleman too!

And really, whenever we are doing scouting stuff, it's hard not to be discouraged thinking that we'll be doing it all with Sam in a couple of years....and then Will much later. But he'll be like an only child - so it won't be so bad!

Tiffany said...

Wow! That is quite an achievement.

I never knew that about the pull tabs. One of our schools collect them and I've always thought they were kind of like a drop in a bucket and not worth all the effort to collect them. Now I know...!

lelly said...

so proud of steven! i know first hand that motivating a group of people to accomplish this great is a herculean effort!!

love the photo of him with the tub of tabs. what a great memory of his work.

i look forward to a time when jack's scouting achievements will feel be a little more inspiring than birdhouse building ;)

Marie said...

Ummm... Wow.


Wow.

Jill said...

Wow, I'm seriously impressed with Steven's project!

Natalie said...

Nice work, Steve, that is so fantastic! Way to go!

Emma said...

wow

Price Cream Parlor said...

This is an impressive collection! WAY TO GO!!!

cheetah said...

Yeah Steven! I totally forgot he was doing that. Must feel great to have accomplished it.

Lucy said...

Your kids are some serious kind of awesome. I was really impressed when I met Steven this summer. He's quite composed for a boy his age. I expect great things from this young man!

A Happy Heart Blog said...

I was catching-up on your blog! Loved all the posts!

Marie said...

Okay, Barb. This one post every week or two is not going to fly. Sure you're 'busy.' No one belives that. We all know you are in your pjs, eating chocolates, and watching videos. Posts, woman! We need more Barb in our lives.

Katie A. said...

That sounds like a huge project. With huge rewards too. 100 lbs. Awsome. Steven, great job!

michelle said...

I had no idea about the pull tabs! We recycle cans, but... hmmm. maybe I should reconsider. That's a big project and a great photo!