EAGLE RIVER - At a young age kids learn why it's important to recycle paper and plastics. But, for students in Eagle River, they are recycling a familiar product and it's all for a good cause.
"The kids love this, because it gives them a chance to sort through Crayons," said Eagle River Third Grade Teacher Tami Davis. "The Crayon Initiative is a really great organization and essentially it's simplistic in its design. It takes old and used Crayons and turns them into something brand new. And it's brand new Crayons. These Crayons are then shipped to children's hospitals around the United States."
The recycling project started when a California man realized just how many Crayons sit in landfills.
"Wax is not biodegradable," said Davis. "So why not take those Crayons, melt them down, make new Crayons, and do something new with them?"
All the schools in Eagle River, Land O' Lakes, and St. Germain are taking part in the project. And while the project has been taking place for about two weeks in Eagle River, the support from the students has been overwhelming.
"Right now it's pretty big just trying to collect from every classroom," Davis said. "We have a lot of classrooms and including St. Germain and Land O' Lakes and thank goodness we have the recycling program. Because all of those kids really help in collecting all of those Crayons."
Once the Crayons are sorted by their color, they are packaged up and sent to California where they are melted down and turned into new Crayons. The Crayons then get sent to children's hospitals across the nation. And next school year, Tami hopes to grow the Crayon program even larger.
"What I'd like to do next year is actually talk to all the restaurants that have Crayons and get them a box and say 'can we please have any used Crayons?'", said Davis. "And ideally what we would do then is one a month, or every six months, go and collect all those Crayons and ship them off and have more Crayons for those children that maybe don't have something like that."
To find more about how you can be part of the Crayon Initiative follow the link provided below.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.
Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon. Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal. Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.
In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.
Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
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