The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) has received a $1,000 donation from the Bottled Up! for Wilton Schools program.
Bottled Up! is a student-run group that believes students can take part in helping the schools and learn about giving back.
The students collect and return bottles for the $.05 deposit and donate all those nickels to Wilton’s schools via WEF.
Along the way, students receive a lesson in just how much every nickel counts.
The student volunteers and their committed parents helped collect 20,000 bottles and cans through community-wide collection days, individual collecting and collection bins at the schools. They recycled and redeemed $1,000 in deposits.
Part of Bottled Up!’s mission is to enable Wilton’s students to learn about philanthropy and organizing, while helping Wilton schools.
Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge of the school community to spread the word, motivate their peers' participation and increase outreach.
“The great thing about Bottled Up! and WEF is that at the end of the day everything we’re doing is to make the educational experience better for the kids of Wilton," said Heather Borden Herve, Bottle UP!’s parent advisor in a release. "The kids take an active a role as the teachers, administrators and parents. They learn they can play a part in helping make the schools stronger by volunteering and giving back. Doing something great for the environment is a bonus!”
“This is the great thing about the Wilton community — our local businesses and the kids do their part to keep giving back and making it stronger. WEF is honored to have the Bottled Up! students be part of our organization” said Scott Weber, Co-Chairman of WEF in the release. Stop & Shop, Westy’s Storage and Wilton Hardware all helped Bottled Up! make the program a success.
The Wilton Education Foundation is dedicated to enriching the learning experience for Wilton students by providing ongoing professional development for teachers, the latest in innovative and interactive teaching tools, support for music and the arts, and “beyond the classroom” experiences to provide Wilton’s public school students with the confidence and skills to succeed in college and beyond.