The Recycling Club became an official after-school activity this year at Lynbrook South Middle School.
volunteers meet on Tuesday afternoons to gather paper from recycling
containers they had placed in each classroom and various offices
throughout the building.
Hurricane Sandy hit the area, the students started to wonder if they
could sell the paper along with recyclable bottles to raise money for
the Red Cross.
Mikayla Layng contacted a number of recycling companies to inquire
about the idea. When Leo Moreira -- the owner of Indigo Plastics of
Hicksville -- learned that the club was trying to raise money for
victims of Sandy, he offered to pick up the materials the students
collected and donate 100 percent of the profits back to the club.
Alex Mertz stored the materials at his home for several months until
the weekly collections added up to a truckload.
from Indigo Plastics picked up the recycled paper and bottles and
stopped by South Middle School to congratulate the students on their
(Back row, L-R):
David Carlos of Indigo Plastics, club adviser Joan Kearon, students Mikayla
Layng, Dan Marzari, Alex Mertz and Shania Jennings, and Gabriel Moreira of
Indigo Plastics. (Middle row, L-R: students Daniel Silva, Nelson Mei,
Katherine Stewart, Sireena Ramgopal and Michelle Figueroa. (Front row, L-R): students
Connor Reichert, James Luongo, Elise Candreva and Abigail Artz.