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VHS Siblings Implement Recycling Program

Their intent was to raise awareness among their peers about the need for recycling their plastic water and Gatorade bottles.

“Students use a lot of plastic in our school so by bringing recycling to the cafeteria and gymnasium, we hope to make it easier for everyone to choose recycling over the landfill," said VHS junior, Bobby Goddard. The siblings began this pilot program by meeting with their principal, Dr. Janice Richardson. Once she agreed to allow the recycling initiative, the Goddard siblings met with the City of Valdosta's Public Works officials over the Christmas break. The city officials were pleased to see such interest from the high school students and together they are designing a custom recycling container for the Wildcats. Bobby and Raquel are responsible for monitoring the bins and emptying them weekly.

Raquel also presented the Goddard Initiative to the VHS PTO in an effort to raise awareness of the students desire to care for their school and the environment.

Pictured are left to right: Anthony Musgrove, Operations Superintendent; Tonja Shackelford, Operations Coordinator; Bobby Goddard; Raquel Goddard; and Demarcus Marshall, Public Works Superintendent. Not pictured, Richard Hardy, Public Works Director.