Members of the CJ STEMM Special Ops Club and a Senior Capstone group teamed up with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) to offer the community an environmentally friendly option for getting started on spring cleaning.
On April 5, students and volunteers staffed a GESMV donation truck at CJ from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. accepting working and non-working cell phones, computers, monitors, printers, speakers and other devices. By afternoon, nearly 14,000 pounds of unwanted electronics was collected for safe disposal.
The event was the first of its kind for CJ, but not for GESMV. The organization hosts a number of community e-cycling events throughout the year. View 2014 schedule >
“When you donate to our organization, it helps provide jobs to help people with disabilities, and also provide services and programs for people in the community that need us,” Kim Bramlage, marketing communications coordinator at GESMV, told the Dayton Daily News.
The Special Ops Club learned more about GESMV’s recycling efforts last fall during a worksite visit to their facility. The club is offered as an extracurricular through the CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) program by Meg Draeger, coordinator. All CJ students with an interest in robotics and computer science may join. Throughout the school year, club members meet once per week and participate in local team competitions, field trips and service projects.
In collaboration with the club, seniors Gary Labianco, Claire Meyers and Tom Weckesser offered to co-host the event as one aspect of their Senior Capstone project. The trio is researching and raising awareness about the fight for precious minerals that naturally occur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many of which are incorporated into the electronic devices we use every day.
Learn more about this Senior Capstone project by visiting the group's Web site.
Photos by Meg Draeger.