Anne Roberts Young Students Lead School Retraining Program

Anne Roberts Young has her own school recycling program, thanks to two environmentally conscious grade 5 students.

Two grade 5 students from Anne Roberts Young Elementary School led a new recycling program at the school.

Beau Almeida and Evan Nabseth proposed the initiative on their own, consulting with Recycle It Resource Recovery and the Northern Environmental Action Team to make the idea a reality.

The couple wrote a letter to parents and guardians saying few classrooms are recycling “nothing more than paper” and explained how they will achieve their goals.

The two students asked the class about recycling needs and even found sponsors to fund the project. Small bins have been placed in classrooms for the use of students and staff, with larger bins on site to collect all recyclable materials.

“We couldn’t have done it without the help of the teachers. I love that we were able to do things like talk to people about NEAT,” Almeida said.

“What I love is that I learn more about my interests,” added Nabseth.

Director Boyden Bennett says the kids deserve all credit for coming up with the idea and making it happen.

“It was their survey project that they were doing for the class,” Bennett said. “They came to me and told me they would like to start a recycling program.”

“They ran it all. They’re awesome, they’re rock,” he said.

Lindsay Heal of Recycle It said she was happy to have helped make the students’ project a reality.

“The kids are really excited and they’ve set up a recycling committee at school,” Heal said.

Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at