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LA's BEST Students Celebrate Water

Saturday, December 19, 2009 Environmental Health J E 4
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Students honored by Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III, Assistant Speaker pro Tempore and ACC for completing the 'Go H20! Challenge.'

COMPTON, Calif., Dec. 18 -- Today more than 12,000 students enrolled in the LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program celebrated the successful completion of the "Go H20! Challenge." The challenge was created through a partnership between the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and LA's BEST and aimed to educate children about the importance of drinking water for healthy living and the earth-friendly benefits of reusing and recycling more plastics. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III, Assistant Speaker pro Tempore made a special visit to 112th Street Elementary School to congratulate the students in his district.

As part of the program, ACC provided LA's BEST students at 91 sites in Los Angeles with reusable and recyclable water bottles. The bottles served to remind students to make a habit of drinking water instead of sugary drinks and the importance of recycling.

"The 'Go H20! Challenge' has been an exciting addition to our program and has helped our students and their families learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle," said Carla Sanger, LA's BEST President and CEO. "It is great to have the support of Assemblymember Hall and ACC as we work to encourage healthy habits like drinking more water and recycling awareness among our students."

Today's celebration at 112th Street Elementary School honored the students from 109th Street and 112th Street Elementary Schools for their participation and emphasized the importance of maintaining healthy habits.

"The health and education of our community's youth are top priorities for me, and I am happy to congratulate the students of LA's BEST on their completion of ACC's 'Go H20! Challenge,'" said Assemblymember Hall. "I hope these students will continue to spread the message about recycling and healthy habits so we can all live in a healthier community."

Steve Russell, vice president of the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division, said, "We are excited to work in partnership with LA's BEST on this challenge. This program has reached thousands of students in the Los Angeles area, and we are very pleased to share in this recycling and health-oriented partnership with them. We are also honored to join with Assemblymember Hall in helping educate people that plastics can and should be reused and recycled, so we can reduce the amount of waste we are producing."

LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program is the latest partner to join the statewide recycling awareness campaign, "Plastics. Too Valuable to Waste. Recycle.(SM)," which has found success in a variety of areas. The campaign began in 2008 when representatives from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, ACC and Keep California Beautiful launched a beach recycling program at State Parks sites in the Los Angeles and Central Coast areas. The program soon spread to State Parks beaches in San Diego, Monterey, Santa Cruz, the City of Brentwood and the City of Woodland.

About LA's BEST

LA's BEST -- Better Educated Students for Tomorrow -- is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 180 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school -- at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. For more information, please visit www.lasbest.org.

About the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division

The American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division represents leading companies dedicated to providing innovative solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow through plastics.  Ongoing innovations in plastics have led to medical advances and safety equipment that make our lives better, healthier and safer every day.  ACC members are finding innovative ways for plastics to help save energy, reduce green house gas emissions and decrease waste.  Since plastics are a valuable resource, too valuable to waste, the Plastics Division is at the forefront of efforts to reduce litter through increased access to recycling, advancements in recycling technology, and public education.

SOURCE American Chemistry Council

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