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Flagstaff Academy Named Top Colorado School in National Aluminum Can Recycling Challenge: 
Can Manufacturers Institute's School Challenge Participants Recycles More Than 139,000 Pounds of Aluminum Beverage Cans

June 8, 2016 (Longmont, Colorado) - Flagstaff Academy, a preschool-8th grade public charter school located in Longmont, Colorado, was named by the Great American Can Roundup School Challenge (GACR) as the top school in the state of Colorado for the school's can recycling efforts. Flagstaff Academy recycled 847 pounds of aluminum cans, topping the Colorado Leader Board in the challenge. Flagstaff students recycled 3.82 pounds of aluminum cans per student and will be awarded a check in the amount of $1,000 by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the organization which sponsors the yearly challenge. The money will be used toward continuing to support the school's sustainability and Earth Day programs in the coming year.

"We at the Can Manufacturers Institute would like to thank Flagstaff Academy for great recycling and making the sixth annual Great American Can Roundup School Challenge a fun, exciting competition a resounding success for the environment," stated Jenny Day, Director or Recycling at CMI. More than 60 schools participated nationwide with a combined effort of over 139,000 pounds of recycled beverage cans. 

"Creating a healthy and sustainable environment is a top priority at our school," says Wayne Granger, Executive Director at Flagstaff Academy. "From our water bottle filling stations, to our LED lighting improvements, to our Greenhouse classroom, and school-wide Harvest Days, the recycling efforts reflect the commitment we instill in our students to be responsible environmental stewards." 

Flagstaff Academy has participated in the GACR since 2012 and has witnessed a steady and substantial growth of participation and pounds per student recycled, from .86 pounds per student in 2012 to the current 3.82 pounds per student this school year. The recycling efforts were organized by Jodie Lindsay Popma, Flagstaff Academy PTO's Wellness Committee Chair, who also worked with local business Mobile Canning/CanSource with can drop off and storing the recycled cans at their facility. She plans on celebrating the school's achievement when the next can recycling season begins in the 2016-2017 school year. View the 2015-2016 competition leader board results.


About Flagstaff Academy:
Now in its 11th year, Flagstaff Academy is a public charter school based in Longmont, Colorado. Flagstaff Academy offers Core Knowledge foundation integrating science, technology, the arts, as well as character education. Our class sizes are small and our teaching staff truly cares - Flagstaff Academy is where science and imagination take flight! As a public charter school, there is no tuition, and all students are welcome. To learn more, visit


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