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Recycling old technology equals learning experience

Caitlyn Calhoun takes a computer to the recycle pile. Photos by Trevor Keiser (click for larger version)
September 29, 2010 - Cars lined up Saturday at Sashabaw Middle School to drop off loads of old electronics for the third "E-Waste for Recycling" event, led by the Academic Service Learning class.

"It's a group of young leaders who take a class to focus on ecology (and) the environment, while learning about that they also serve the community," said Rodney Pierson, seventh grade teacher at the middle school.

This year they were raising money for Lighthouse North.

Student Matt Covert said he was there to volunteer and help out.

"I just like helping people and just really big into the volunteering and I really like looking at all the different electronics," he said. "I like a lot of electronics."

Matthew Wesolowski, also liked electronics.

"I like to look at electronics and take everything apart and put everything together, Wesolowski said. "While looking at everything we found one of the first apple computers."

Zachary Evans also enjoys helping people, and electronics as well.

"I find it very fun to look at all the old stuff people will bring in," he said.

Claire Galligan and Alexis Beck who were charged with collecting donations, while waiting for donors to drive up, would dance and spin in the parking lot.

"We're having a lot of fun and we're glad we're helping Lighthouse North," Galligan said.

"We hope to raise a lot of money for them," added Beck.

Pierson was proud of all the students and their hard work.

"I think if you treat these kids as young adults and young leaders what they can do, the potential is unlimited," he said. "Every time we do this we have a huge turn out and the kids like being a part of something that makes a huge difference."

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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