By Gordon Lambie
Asked what they would do for their community, given $1,000 to help out, Stephanie Jonker’s Grade 5/6 class at St. Francis Elementary School in Richmond decided to get into the business of medical mask recycling.
With the help of a grant from LEARN Quebec’s Community Service Learning (CSL) project, the class organized and carried out an initiative that saw mask recycling boxes distributed to 11 local businesses and institutions to help cut down on the environmental impact of disposable mask use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In late October or the beginning of November, I sat down with the students and we came up with some ideas of what needs we saw in our community,” Jonker told The Record. “One student came up with the idea that since we’re all wearing masks these days and there is a lot of mask pollution, maybe we could do something with mask recycling.”
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