HONOLULU >> Hawaii’s largest commercial printer, Hagadone, presented today the second of two cash awards to the top-performing schools in its recently concluded phonebook recycling contest. Hauling in 4,400 books, Leihoku Elementary School in Waianae claimed First Place in the contest and a $2,500 cash prize for the school, presented in a school-wide pep assembly this morning. Holy Family Catholic Academy came in Second Place with their delivery of 1,177 phonebooks, and they received a $1,000 cash yesterday morning in an assembly before the entire school. Photos from both events accompany this news release.
“Everyone here at Hagadone, and the larger community of Oahu, is so proud of these kids and their commitment to our environment through recycling,” said Clint Schroeder, president of Hagadone. “Talking about helping the environment is one thing, but for these kids, they were able to see, in a very tangible way, how their hard work had a direct, positive impact on the island they live on.”
At Holy Family yesterday, some 500 students cheered as their Principal, Christina Malins, received the $1,000 check from Hagadone President Clint Schroeder. And at Leihoku Elementary School, on the Waianae Coast, the entire school turned out to witness their receiving a $2,500 check. School officials stated that the money will fund a field trip to see the movie “Chimpanzee,” a film about helping the environment, for the entire second grade class who spearheaded the school’s phonebook recycling drive. Also, money will help purchase Crown Royal plants and caterpillars to help the school’s science education and studying how caterpillars become butterflies.
Overall, Hagadone’s phonebook recycling contest diverted than 8,700 phonebooks from their original destination on Oahu’s landfills. In addition to a variety of its other environmentally-conscious, proactive programs, Hagadone sees a vital importance in eliminating additional unnecessary waste being sent to Oahu’s landfills.
Each year, Hagadone’s industry-leading environmental initiatives lead to a real and significant positive impact: 60,000 trees are saved from being chopped down, more than 44 million gallons of water are conserved, almost 60,000 BTUs are conserved, almost 4 million metric tons of solid waste are diverted from landfills, and almost 12 million tons of greenhouse gases are averted from entering into Earth’s atmosphere.
For over 25 years, Hagadone has been a trusted, local business partner. They provide clients with innovative design services, high-quality print and promotional products, and are one of the largest mail houses on the island; allowing for a complete package of services. They also lead the charge in PrintGreen efforts with Carbon Offset, a Solar Output, and Community Recycling programs. Additionally, every second Saturday of the month, Hagadone opens up its recycling bins to accept any and all junk mail and magazines from the public.