Plastic Caps for Benches Project

The WCSM clubwomen entered into a partnership project with a local elementary school, St. Matthews Elementary, to benefit the St. Matthews Eline Library. 

WCSM clubwomen worked together with the school principal to involve the school student body in collecting plastic caps and other acceptable items to ultimately be exchanged for one resin type park bench made of 100% recycled plastic. The bench would be available through the ABC Program sponsored by Green Tree Plastics of Evansville Indiana. The ABC Program is designed for school children to learn about caring for the earth.  

The project was so successful that not one, but THREE benches were obtained for the library’s children’s garden.  Plaques were attached to each bench showing the partnership of WCSM and St. Matthews Elementary to provide the seating. 

In summary, this plastic caps project was initiated to be: a collaborative project with a community group, a support effort to benefit the new library’s children’s reading garden, a low cost project with high value, and a worthy cause that our membership could vigorously support. WCSM was instrumental in founding this library branch circa 1939.

The Collection 

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Student Contest 

 WCSM wished to reward the students for their participation; the principal suggested a contest, vying one hallway of classes against the other hallway of classes. WCSM offered to provide a prize to the winning hallway, and the principal suggested ice cream sandwiches.  As an added extra, an unadvertised second place prize of ice pops was given to the students of the second place hallway. 

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St. Matthews Eline Library – Dustin Strong Children’s Garden

Several WCSM Clubwomen were present for the Grand Re-Opening of the newly expanded and renovated Library, where they met with St. Matthews Elementary Principal Scott Collier.  Together they viewed the three donated benches shown in the children’s garden for all to enjoy. 

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