Louisiana students collect soda tabs to get prostheses for Shriners kids
Louisiana Elementary School students, from left, Jasmine Locke, Michael Shade and Daylan Hurshman drop aluminum tabs into the school’s collection bucket. The tabs are recycled to fund artificial limbs for children.
You might think an aluminum pull tab from a can of soda, cat food or orange juice has little value.
The students at Louisiana Elementary and Louisiana High students know better.
Last year, the schools students started collecting the tabs for the Shriners Hospitals for Children which are across the United States, including one facility in St. Louis.
The tabs are recycled by the Shriners to help pay for artificial limbs for children who need them.
During the last school year, more than 200 pounds of tabs were collected which helped buy seven prosthetics, according to project coordinator Tracy Kingsley, a fifth-grade teacher at Louisiana Elementary. Kingsley organizes the project with Louisiana High art teacher Amanda DePriest.Students are “working hard to do it again this year,” Kingsley said last week. “Shriners Hospitals for Children deliver life-changing medical care without cost to the families.”
Students fill buckets full of tabs from wherever they can collect them. Each bucket is transferred into boxes, weighed and given to the Shriners.
“Every 31 pounds buys a prosthesis,” said Louisiana Elementary Principal Stacy Hammlett. “It takes a lot of them to collect that many.”
Those wishing to help the effort can bring aluminum tabs to the elementary or high school office between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on school days.