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Bancroft Middle School Helps UC Berkeley Recycle

Coach Reggie and his Bancroft BroncosCoach Reggie and his Bancroft BroncosAfter going 14-0 and winning their league's flag football championship, Bancroft Middle School was invited to help Cal Athletics compete in the Gameday Recycling Challenge, a national competition to reduce waste at major college sporting events.

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.

Cal students shared stories of campus life with BancroftCal students shared stories of campus life with BancroftBancroft 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.