Students from Albany Elementary School recently led a campaign collecting pull tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, Tennessee. An overwhelming 483 pounds of tabs from soft drink, soup, and vegetable cans were collected locally. This was approximately 7% of the overall total of the 7,419 pounds collected by 74 schools participating in the 2015 Pull Tab Collection Challenge.
Employees of the local McDonald's Restaurant attended an assembly held by school staff to celebrate, educate, and show gratitude for the combined efforts of school and community. The event turned a little more personal when students were shown a video of a child whose family has benefited from having that safe, “home away from home” setting in which the Ronald McDonald House provides. It was also pointed out that several Clinton County families have benefited from the program, and that one was a current AES student participating in the assembly.
The tabs collected are recycled in exchange for valuable funds that support families with an ill or injured child who stay at the House. Community involvement is crucial to help them continue to have a place to rest, relax, and recover together. This fundraiser is proof that collecting something little can really make a big difference. Not only will it help a great cause, it also teaches our children about the benefits of recycling and giving back to their community.
Albany Elementary students will be collecting pull tabs year-round to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Community members and business partners are asked and encouraged to pull tabs from soft drinks, soup, and vegetable cans and bring them to the school at any time during the year.
Students would also like to remind the community that “Small Change Can Make a Big Difference”. Another way for you to help support RHMC is to drop your spare change in the RHMC Donation Boxes at the local McDonald’s restaurant. Little by little it all adds up (whether it is pull tabs or small change) and can mean a lot.