Gameday Recycling Challenge, a national competition to reduce waste at major college sporting events.After going 14-0 and winning their league's flag football championship, Bancroft Middle School was invited to help Cal Athletics compete in the
30 students, parents and coaches from Bancroft traveled to UC Berkeley to volunteer at waste stations throughout Memorial Stadium.
After a quick orientation from Cal's recycling coordinator, Bancroft's team helped fans correctly sort recyclables, food scraps, and landfill items before the game and at half time.
In addition to engaging the public, Bancroft students made many improvements to the disposal stations. They discovered ways to make signs more visible by creating "sign tents" on top of the stations and how to increase access to recycling and compost bins while making people think twice before throwing something in the landfill.
Bancroft students were paired with an undergrad from Cal at each station.
Over the course of the evening, Bancroft students learned about campus life at Cal and heard from students majoring in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and other majors.
By the end of the night, Cal beat Oregon State on the football field while Bancroft demonstrated their leadership off the field.
Results from the national Gameday Recycling Challenge will be posted later this winter.
Building on a history of litter abatement, creek study, and other environmental efforts, Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro has joined the Service-Learning Waste Reduction Project.
Bancroft's team is led by PE teacher and Athletic Director Jim Sorensen and includes Leadership teacher Ms. Carter, Librarian Ms. Rosencrantz, Science teacher Mr. Huey, and the school's campus secuurity officer.
Mr. Sorensen organized the team to build on his years of work collecting recyclables to help raise funds for athletics on campus. In addition to traditional bottles and cans, Bancroft also participates in a wide range of TerraCycle brigades to collect a variety of product packaging that TerraCycle "upcycles" into new products.
This year, the school hopes to increase participation in classroom recycling, begin studying and implementing modest lunchtime food scrap diversion efforts and explore outdoor recycling stations.