Bottlecaps to Benches
Thank you to Anne Zimmerman & Zimmerman & Co CPAs, Lynn Meyers & United Courier, Rev. Patty Matthews & Cherry Grove United Methodist for their generous support of this project!
Molly Cornelissen and Hannah Lingren, former 9United leaders, now freshman at Ohio State, came home during Spring Break to see much their project idea has grown!
Our first bench located in Juilfs Park in October 2018
It's been a busy summer for this growing project! Our students, families and community have been busy sorting, bagging and weighing a mountain of caps and lids. But it has been more than worth it!
On August 2, 1,400 lbs of sorted caps went to Evansville, IN and were used, along with generous financial support, to bring 7 benches to our schools and community. On October 22, a second trip to Evansville was made, in a truck driven by our dear friend Marv Conley and loaded with 2,000 lbs of caps, to bring back another 10 benches.
Since the start of this project in May of 2018, our work together has allowed benches to be placed in four Forest Hills elementary buildings, three Anderson Township Parks and in Anderson Township Historical Society's Community Garden on Clough Pike. 18 benches paid for with 3,600 lbs of caps and more than $5,000. We're grateful to the PTA and PTO organizations and community donors that have helped with the financial portion of this project - it's popularity has taken us, and our budget, by surprise! We always have plenty of caps - donations toward the project mean we can continue to use the caps our students and community are collecting and sorting for benches to be enjoyed by many for years to come.
We'd appreciate any financial support you can give and have a few options for donors able to contribute $150 or more to dedicate a bench to a school, teacher, community or family member, etc. To make your contribution, click here.