Morrill students win in bottle returns

CLYNK and Hannaford help schools raise record $40,000+ for critical programs
May 09, 2017

SOUTH PORTLAND — CLYNK, Maine’s leading bottle redemption service located exclusively at Hannaford stores throughout Maine, has announced the winners of its 2017 Maine Recycles Championship, among them students at Crossroads Christian School in Morrill.

From February to April, Maine schools competed to raise funds through bottle redemption efforts. Founded by CLYNK in 2012, the competition provides a unique and simple alternative to traditional bottle drives and gives schools a platform for teaching students the impact of recycling.

This year, three new records were set: 132 Maine schools participated, recycling more than 680,000 bottles and cans, and raising about $44,000 for various school programs.

The competition is an extension of the Hannaford Community Cash program, designed by CLYNK to provide local nonprofits and organizations with an ongoing fundraising resource. In the last three years, the Hannaford Community Cash program has raised over $1 million for hundreds of Maine charities.

“The Hannaford Community Cash program uses CLYNK’s unique technology and Hannaford’s community outreach to create an innovative and fun option for fundraising,” said Clayton Kyle, founder and CEO of CLYNK. “The annual Maine Recycles Championship teaches kids to become recycling advocates. And at the same time, it mixes a little competitive school spirit with an easy-to-administer program to generate some meaningful funding for Maine’s schools.”

During the competition, schools rallied their local communities to use CLYNK’s easy bag-drop program at their local Hannaford. In addition, schools hosted “virtual bottle drives” through CLYNK’s website, making it easy for people to designate their personal CLYNK funds directly to their local school’s account.

Through CLYNK’s partnership with Hannaford, every dollar raised from returned bottles was matched by an additional 50-cent contribution from Hannaford. CLYNK also awarded cash prizes to those schools with the highest recycling rate per student during the contest period.

This year’s winning schools with the highest per-student bottle return rates were:

Tier 1 (400+ students)

1. Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Cape Elizabeth

2. Pond Cove Elementary School, Cape Elizabeth

3. Casco Bay High School, Portland

Tier 2 (1-399 students)

1. Crossroads Christian School, Morrill

2. Cliff Island School, Cliff Island

3. STRIVE TOPS, South Portland

Individuals can sign up for CLYNK in person at the CLYNK kiosk at participating Hannaford Supermarkets locations or online at clynk.com.

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