Third Annual Great American Can Roundup School Challenge Winners Announced

Valley Elementary School, Cody, Wyoming, Earns National Recycling Champion Honors in the Can Manufacturer Institute’s Sponsored Recycling Contest

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Valley Elementary School in Cody, Wyoming, brought home national recycling champion honors in the Great American Can Roundup (GACR) School Challenge with an impressive 89,260 beverage cans collected per student, which equate to 2,582 pounds of aluminum. Valley Elementary School, along with 1,015 other schools across the United States, competed to collect the highest pounds of aluminum beverage cans. 

As the national recycling champion winner, Valley Elementary School will receive a $5,000 prize, an additional $1,000 as the state winner and the value of the cans collected by the school. Students collected cans from November 15, 2012, (America Recycles Day) through April 22, 2013 (Earth Day). 

The GACR, sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), was implemented to create awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling cans. The 2012-2013 School Challenge engaged and educated more than 525,000 students around the country about the benefits of recycling and the ability to divert 206,561 pounds of beverage cans from landfills. At 50-cents-per-pound, schools competing in the GACR School Challenge raised more than $103,000 for future activities, local charities and special causes, in addition to the $56,000 in prize money offered by CMI. 

Since its inception in 2010, The GACR School Challenge has grown from 250 schools with more than 44,000 student participants, to more 1,000 schools with student involvement at more than half a million. 

"CMI is very pleased to see the incredible increase in student participation involved in the School Challenge," said Can Manufacturers Institute President Robert Budway. "These schools and students are the ultimate measure of success in terms of educating the younger generation on the benefits of using and recycling aluminum cans. They can be challenged to increase the recycling rate, which currently is more than 65 percent. After all, the aluminum can is endlessly recyclable and is composed of a high amount of recycled material." 

Registration for the 2013-2014 Great American Can Roundup School Challenge is currently open. Schools can register at More information about the can's sustainability attributes can be found at

2012-2013 Great American Can Roundup School Winners by State 

Alabama: Holy Family Regional School, Huntsville
Arkansas: Don Roberts Elementary Schools, Little Rock
Arizona: Faith Lutheran School, Tucson
California: Believe! Manteca/Redwood High School Campus, Stockton
Colorado: Bessemer Academy Primary, Pueblo
Florida: Trinity Lutheran School, Holly Hill
Georgia: Augusta Preparatory Day School, Martinez
Hawaii: Hanalei School, Hanalei
Idaho: Skyway Elementary School, Coeur dAlene
Illinois: Kidz Korner, Channahon
Indiana: Seeger Middle School, Williamsport
Iowa: Columbus Secondary School, Columbus Junction
Kansas: Newton Bible Christian School, Newtown
Kentucky: St. John’s School, Georgetown
Maryland: St. Thomas Aquinas School, Baltimore
Massachusetts: Lynch Elementary School, Winchester
Michigan: Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit
Minnesota: St. Johns – St. Andrews School, Melrose
Missouri: Northeast Nodaway R-V High School, Ravenwood
Montana: Fortine School, Fortine
Nebraska: Christ Lutheran Elementary School, Columbus
New Hampshire: Epsom Central Middle School, Epsom
New Jersey: Weymouth Township School, Dorthy
New Mexico: Christ Lutheran School, Albuquerque
New York: Danny Kaye Elementary P.S. 149, Brooklyn
North Carolina: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, Rocky Mount
North Dakota: Bismarck High School, Bismarck
Ohio: Arcadia Elementary and Middle School, Findlay
Oklahoma: Morrison Public School (7th – 12th grades), Morrison
Pennsylvania: Immaculate Conception Middle School, Claion
South Carolina: Jesse Boyd Elementary School, Spartanburg
Tennessee: Sacred Heart Elementary School, Loretto
Texas: Fulton 4-5 Learning Center, Rockport
Vermont: Champlain Elementary School, Burlington
Virginia: Providence Middle School, North Chesterfield
Washington: Lynden Christian High School, Lynden
West Virginia: Sherrard Middle School, Wheeling
Wisconsin: St. Paul Lutheran School, Bonduel
Wyoming: Valley Elementary School, Cody*

*GACR National Champion Recycling Champion 


Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI)
CMI is the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States. The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 124 billion food, beverage and other metal cans; which employs more than 28,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; and generates about $17.8 billion in direct economic activity. Our members are committed to providing safe, nutritious and refreshing canned food and beverages to consumers.


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