Companies join nation's largest recycling of school supplies

In honor of Earth Day, several Colorado companies are joining forces to recycle unused or gently used office supplies that can be redistributed to public schools in need.

"This intends to be the single largest recycling drive of classroom supplies in the country. We want to make a statement that Colorado companies care about the preparedness and competitiveness of its public schools," says volunteer organizer Roz Elliott.

As Colorado public school districts are challenged to reduce budgets, administrators and teachers are challenged to fill the gap. Many teachers personally supplement their classrooms to the tune of $2000 to provide basic supplies such as pencils, erasers, paper, file folders, and binders.

"Our volunteer organization has teamed with Graebel Moving to encourage companies to spring clean their offices and recycle office supplies that would be greatly appreciated by our public teachers. The Republic Plaza, the largest office building in Denver, and a Leeds designated green building, has encouraged its tenants to 'go green' for teachers," says Elliott.

Already, several Republic Plaza tenants have signed on to have Graebel Moving drop off boxes and pick up filled boxes during the week of Earth Week, including DCP Midstream, First Bank, and JM Chase.

The volunteer organization called The Power of Six Fund, a newly created fund of The Denver Foundation, has amassed over $15,000 in donations.

"This just makes sense. We all know a public school teacher, and we have the ability to recycle and give. It's our corporate opportunity to keep our public schools well supplied so students have the basic tools they need to learn," says Elliott.

"We can be an example for the rest of the country about how we go green, reuse, re-invest, and rejuvenate our public schools," says Elliott.

To learn more, visit www.powerofsix.org to request information on how to sign up your company, or to personally contribute boxes of supplies, or financial donations.