ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There are some serious trash-talking 6-year-olds at the Keres Children’s Learning Center at Pueblo de Cochiti.
Five kids and two teachers at the Montessori school recently won first place in the “community division” of the 2016 Recycle-Bowl, a competition sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.
Combined, the group collected 15,482 pounds of aluminum, cardboard, paper and plastics – more than 2,200 pounds each. A distant second-place winner, a school from Tennessee, collected a mere 313 pounds per participant.
It was the first time a school from New Mexico took first place in the national competition, said Gene Ka-Hee of the pueblo’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, who spearheaded the school’s effort.
The Cochiti kids accomplished their feat after Ka-Hee and teacher Mara Matteson established partnerships throughout the community and set up recycle collection stations at Cochiti Golf Course, Cochiti Pueblo, the town of Cochiti Lake, Romero’s store in Peña Blanca, and at centers where educational programs and programs for youths and elderly residents are offered.