Despite a theft that threatened to derail its efforts, Augusta Preparatory Day School has been named the state winner in an aluminum can recycling contest.
The students collected more pounds of cans per student than any school in Georgia, giving them the win in the third annual Great American Can Roundup.
The announcement comes just weeks after hundreds of pounds of cans that had been collected by Augusta Prep’s middle school were stolen from an off-campus storage site. After the theft became public, residents helped Augusta Prep again collect hundreds of pounds of cans.
“Good always wins,” Melody McRee, the head of Prep’s middle school, told students. “Sometimes the road to victory is bumpy and has a lot of distractions, but right always comes out on top.”
Augusta Prep’s collection of cans weighed 1,763 pounds, meaning about 61,700 cans were collected. As the winner, Augusta Prep will now receive $1,000 that the school plans to invest into its recycling program.