A Mount Olivet family was honored at the 40th annual Operation Pride event this past week.
The Marshall County Solid Waste Authority selected the Calissie Family - Shawn, Jodi and Trixie Jo - as Volunteers of the Year.
The family currently runs the recycling program at Hilltop Elementary School. The "green school" opened its doors in 2009, and the Calissies have been recycling there since.
They were encouraged to be come involved by their daughter, after she learned about recycling effort at the school.
Their story was submitted to Howard Coffield, executive director of the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority.
The letter written by Mrs. Calissie states that in August 2011 the family took over the recycling program, and since then it has grown and continues to grow.
She states, "We have been responsible for most of the transporting of the items dropped off at the Hilltop site, as well as our own garage." It was pointed out that they sometimes get more than two pickup trucks full in a day! In addition, the Calissie family and a couple of other families also pick up items from members of their church, their neighbors and friends.
The Marshall County Solid Waste Authority loaned the family a trailer for collecting recyclables during the 2011-12 school year, and also collection bins for each of the classrooms.
Coffield, who has viewed the Calissie "operation," said that items initially collected by the Calissies and others are sorted, boxed, bagged, etc., in their garage.
The family accepts paper/cardboard, plastic drinking bottles, drink pouches and ink cartridges. Other types of plastics that are dropped off are taken to another location.
The paper/cardboard is taken to Valley Converting Inc., in Toronto.
In 2011-12 60,000 pounds of paper/cardboard was recycled, resulting in the Hilltop School PTO earning $1,800. So far in this school year, 42,000 pounds of paper/cardboard has been recycled, with the PTO earning more than $1,200.
The drinking bottles are recycled through the Dream Machine Recycle Rally program, sponsored by Pepsi. This program enables the school to earn points to trade in for gift cards to purchase supplies.
During the 2011-12 school year, the recycling effort won a $500 award to be used for "green" activities. This effort has resulted in more than 73,000 bottles recycled in 2011-12, and almost 60,000 bottles this school year.
The family has also sent thousands of drinking pouches and several ink cartridges to be recycled, also benefitting the PTO.
During the 2011-12 school year, Hilltop Elementary was awarded the Green Ribbon Schools award, and according to the school, the recycling program was what set the school apart from other schools that applied.
County Commissioner Bob Miller, who announced the recipients on behalf of the county commission, and others involved in clean-up efforts countywide, said, "We are proud to honor this family for being diligent with personally recycling and assisting the community with being good stewards of Marshall County."
Commission President Don Mason read a proclaimation calling on all residents and businesses to become involved in the Operation Pride undertaking.
The theme of the Operation Pride program is "We Are Caretakers of God's Earth."
The speakers for the Operation Pride event were Mark Holstine, executive director of the state Solid Waste Management Board, Marshall County Assessor Chris Kessler, and Jeff Palmer of AEP's Kammer-Mitchell facility.
For those who aren't aware, Operation Pride is a 15-week program during which time home owners, businesses and others are encouraged to "Clean-up, Paint-up and Fix-up" their properties.
The MCSWA provides free dumpsters throughout the county.
By the way, the first dumpsters will be available on May 4 at Sherrard and Limestone.
In conjunction with the free dumpsters, county residents will also have an opportunity from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on May 18 to bring unwanted electronics, white goods and tires to the parking lot at the north end of Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.
A book will be published to remember and honor all Marshall County residents who have protected the United States in both peace time and conflicts, from the civil war to the present.
Military veterans, their relatives and friends are being urged to submit veterans' names and photographs, if possible, to the Marshall County Circuit Clerk's office.The information will be complied by historian Joe Parriott, who in 2001 released a book containing information of those from Marshall County who served in the military during World War II.