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Cans for the Community collections to benefit Lawrence public schools

Lawrence-based nonprofit Cans for the Community will be raising money to benefit the Lawrence school district next month.

Starting April 1, the organization will begin its 5,000-Pound Can Challenge, the goal of which is to collect 5,000 pounds — the equivalent of about 165,000 cans — of aluminum cans before the month’s end. The proceeds from the recycle of the cans will be donated to the district’s elementary schools, and organizers said they would like students to chip in too.

“We would like to encourage all students to make it their goal to recycle one or more pounds of cans during April,” said Linda Klinker, one of the nonprofit’s founders, adding that it takes 33 cans to make one pound.

Last year, all funds from the challenge went to the district’s six secondary schools, and each received $500, Klinker said. The challenge's target of 5,000 pounds of cans is about double the amount normally collected on a monthly basis, but the goal has been reached the past two years, she said.

Cans for the Community has 12 “can houses” around town where people can deposit cans. The locations are as follows:

Checkers, 2300 Louisiana St.

Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St.

Dillons, 4701 W. Sixth St

Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 1025 Emery Road

Hillcrest Shopping Center, 914 Iowa St.

Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway

Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St.

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway

Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St. (north of main entrance)

Miller Mart, 2301 Wakarusa Drive

On The Rocks Liquor Store, 1818 Massachusetts St.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St.

Cans for the Community has 12 "can houses" throughout Lawrence.

Cans for the Community has 12 "can houses" throughout Lawrence.


In other news and notes:

  • Broken Arrow Elementary PTA will host a fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Taco John’s, 1626 W. 23rd St. Thirty percent of every purchase will be donated to the Broken Arrow PTA.

  • The Run Club at Prairie Park Elementary will meet from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

  • The Marathon Club at Schwegler Elementary will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • The Pre-Festival Concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lawrence High School.


Lunch menu options:

Elementary school level

Main dish: chili with cinnamon roll; hummus with cheese and pita bread; peanut butter and jelly with string cheese; chef salad with breadstick Sides: roasted cauliflower, orange wedges, salad bar, milk

Middle school level

Main dish: chili with cinnamon roll; hummus with cheese and pita bread; peanut butter and jelly with string cheese; chef salad with breadstick; hamburger; fish sandwich

Sides: roasted cauliflower, orange wedges, salad bar, fruit juice, fresh fruit, milk

High school level

Main dish: baked potato bar; chili with cinnamon roll; vegetarian gyros; deli bar; cereal with string cheese; parfaits with muffin; hummus with cheese and pita bread; peanut butter and jelly with string cheese; chef salad with breadstick; daily sandwiches

Sides: lemon-roasted carrots, green beans, salad bar, mango, fresh fruit, oven potatoes, fruit sorbet, fruit juice, creamy tomato soup, milk


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