Students from Eisenhower Middle School win Keep Oklahoma Beautiful UpCycle Challenge

Students from Eisenhower Middle School win Keep Oklahoma Beautiful UpCycle Challenge

LAWTON, OK (TNN) - Some students at Lawton’s Eisenhower Middle School are being rewarded for turning trash into art.

They were treated to a pizza party on Friday for winning the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful UpCycle Challenge.

Last year, the students recycled 3,500 water bottles and transformed them into pieces of art that resemble colored glass. They also wrote an essay as part of the contest.

The executive director of The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says what set them apart from the other 18 entries was the emphasis on what it means here in Lawton when items that could be recycled end up in landfills. “At the Department of Transportation, one of the issues that we have is waste along the side of the roads and so anytime we can educate the young people in the State of Oklahoma about waste and how they can recycle different parts of our waste and in this case, turn it into art, we can save millions of dollars if theses middle schoolers can influence their siblings, their families and friends not to throw things away but actually recycle them, ” said Mike Patterson, Executive Director Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

In addition to Friday’s pizza party, the students will also get to attend a Thunder game. While there, they’ll get to meet Steven Adams who Patterson says is a big proponent of recycling.

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