Sturgis student hosting 2nd annual essay contest with recycling theme

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Sturgis seventh-grader Bennett Gordon would like to get more people involved in recycling – especially kids. So, he is hosting an essay contest asking middle school students to share their recycling stories.

Gordon says one statistic he read indicated 70% of items thrown away could be recycled or repurposed. He hopes that by getting kids to think about recycling, more will be passionate about recycling efforts for the future.

The essay contest Gordon is hosting is for South Dakota students in grades 5 through 8. Essays should be a minimum of 400 words and should be submitted by April 22 – which is Earth Day.

Students entering the essay contest should address the theme: “Why I recycle – and why you should, too.” Essays should include the student’s name, grade in school, homeroom teacher’s name and the school’s address at the top of the page. Essays should be mailed to Recycle: There is No Planet B, 11734 Weisman Road, Whitewood, SD 57793.

Winners will be announced by May 10, with the first place essay writer being awarded a $50 Amazon gift card and second-place receiving a $25 Amazon gift card.

This is the second year that Gordon has hosted the statewide essay contest. He has been involved in recycling drives to reuse shoes, coats, clothing, books and electronics. Learn more about his efforts and ways to recycle at