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Schools plan environmental projects with SCA support
By Bernie Delinski - TNValleyNow.com
Jim Hannon/TimesDaily
John Crane, from the SCA Tissue plant at Riverfront Industrial Park, talks with students from local schools after presenting grants to support environmental projects. Cherokee, Hatton and Shoals Christian schools each received a $2,500 grant.

BARTON — One local school soon will have an outdoor classroom with a garden, another will install a recycling center and teach about the importance of recycling and a third will have a butterfly box, pond and amphitheater.

Meanwhile, SCA Tissue already has established an addition to its property. The company created a garden to honor those schools and others that have received grants throughout the past five years.

Cherokee Elementary School, Hatton Elementary School and Shoals Christian School each received a $2,500 Environmental Education Grant from SCA.

John Crane, site manager for SCA’s Southeast Operations, said recycling is a major part of the plant’s production and officials want to share that “principle of sustainability” with the community.

“We are proud to support pro- jects that energize teaching staff and foster a passion in students to learn and practice what it means to value and protect the environment,” Crane said.

According to a company release, school plans for the grants include:

Beth Benson, media specialist at Shoals Christian, said teachers there have visions for the outdoor classroom.

“The SCA Environmental Education Grant is helping us extend and expand upon some seed money we received from our Key Club that we used to plan a very minimal outdoor classroom,” Benson said. “With this grant, we’ll actually be able to move it along and will be able to do more with it than we originally hoped.”

Overall, SCA provided $24,000 in grants to 10 schools in regions of the company’s U.S. operations.

Bernie Delinski can be reached at 256-740-5739 or bernie.delinski@TimesDaily.com.

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