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Wing volunteers make recycling fun for local students

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  • By Staff Sgt. Susan Penning
  • 193rd SOW Public Affairs
Volunteers from the 193rd Special Operations Wing visited third, fourth and fifth grade students at Lyall J. Fink Elementary School, Middletown, Pa., to help raise recycling awareness during this year's America Recycles Day Nov. 15.

The community outreach event, organized by 193rd Special Operations Wing Environmental Manager Sarah Moor, involved a fun race where teams of students competed to see which one could sort recyclable materials the fastest.

Prior to the race, volunteers from the 193rd Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron helped set up recycling bins, bags and signs for the recycling race while Ms. Moor shared information about recycling and explained which items are recyclable and which are not.

"This was an awesome opportunity for us to get out and demonstrate the importance of recycling," said Master Sgt. Philip Shelton, 193rd SOLRS aerial porter and event volunteer. "I was impressed with the enthusiasm of these kids. They were so attentive and interactive. Everyone had a blast!"

Event volunteer and avid recycler 2nd Lt. Thomas Bagnell, 193rd SOLRS, said, "This was an excellent way for us to show our community spirit and display our passion for the environment."

Following the race, Ms. Moor presented environmentally friendly gifts to teachers to distribute to the students.