Union STEM receives $1,000 for environmental program

Bob Kesling, director of Broadcasting/Play-by-Play at the Vol Network and Hanneke Counts, vice president of global health, safety, environment and security at Eastman, present representatives from Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School with the 2018 Good Sports School Challenge Award. SUBMITTED

When the first plastic cup was tossed into a recycling container in 1993, a Tennessee tradition was born.

The Good Sports program recently celebrated 25 years at the University of Tennessee (UT) with the recognition of 10 Tennessee schools who are doing their part to make their communities a better place to live.

Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration Schoolreceived $1,000 for their environmental program.

“Union STEM teaches its students the science of recycling and how doing so positively affects our current and future environment as well as the habitats of creatures that are vital to our ecosystem,” said Lance Taylor, principal of Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School.

“The winners of this annual challenge are shining examples of what Tennessee’s next generation of leaders can accomplish in the realm of recycling, landfill diversion and overall sustainability,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian.

The Good Sports School Challenge was designed to recognize Tennessee schools for making an impact and teaching students about environmental responsibility.

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