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April 2017

Immediately following the Florida Prep Earth Day celebration last year, students decided our efforts to provide a cleaner environment and to focus on environmental issues for the next generation should not be restricted to only one day a year. Consequently, the FPA 'Caps of Love' project was born, a plastic cap recycling operation. To learn more about how the Florida Prep Caps of Love project makes an impact on our community click the headline

Immediately following the Florida Prep Earth Day celebration last year, students decided our efforts to provide a cleaner environment and to focus on environmental issues for the next generation should not be restricted to only one day a year. Consequently, the FPA ‘Caps of Love’ project was born.

Already an established charity, Caps of Love was the brainchild of Valerie Mathieu, of Palm Beach County in Florida. Valerie noticed that many organizations recycled bottles; however, few if any recycled the caps from bottles and they were in fact as valuable as the bottles themselves.

She also discovered that by recycling the caps she could achieve more than one objective.  First, she would be making good use of a resource that would otherwise go into a landfill and never degrade;   “post-consumer” plastic caps could be repurposed to such items as composite decking, shipping pallets, even janitorial supplies.

The second outcome is a much overlooked item but one that can make a huge impact on a young person’s life.  Valerie uses the money raised from the sale of caps to purchase high-tech wheelchairs for physically challenged youth under the age of 21, many of whom have grown out of their current wheelchairs and are unable to purchase replacements.

The project has been a great success with collection centers set up around Florida and many wheelchairs being sent across the United States.

Anne Staab is the coordinator of Caps of Love for Florida Prep, and she has been the driving force in the collections process throughout the project.  “In addition to collecting caps throughout Florida Prep, we have also recruited a local hospital, two churches and an elementary school to Caps of Love,” she remarked.  “We have received cap donations that number in the thousands.”

“The most difficult part of the process is the actual sorting. Many people do not realize that plastic is graded. If you look under the cap of any water bottle or plastic tub you’ll notice a number that ends between 1 and 6. In our case only the numbers #2, #4 and #5 are candidates for the recycling process and to ensure we sort to the correct standard each cap must therefore be individually examined, which is a herculean task with so many donations.”

“Students were able to process over 10,000 caps on Earth Day, and our collecting and sorting process will continue throughout the year.” She continued, “The entire project has demonstrated to our students that one small action can make a huge difference in another person’s life.”

She concluded, “At this time we cannot accept any further donations or provide help to organizations looking for sorters. I would urge people to support Caps of Love themselves. It’s a wonderful project!”

For more information visit www.capsoflove

 

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Florida Prep recently announced a unique program for home-schooled students. Beginning this coming academic year (2017/18), Florida Prep Air Force JROTC (FL-032) will accept home-schooled boys and girls in grades 9 thru 12, and students will be eligible for academic credit. For more information regarding AFJROTC at Florida Prep click the headline or visit the AFJROTC webpage at www.flprep.com/academics

Florida Prep recently announced a unique program for home-schooled students. Beginning this coming academic year (2017/18), Florida Prep Air Force JROTC (FL-032) will accept home-schooled boys and girls in grades 9 thru 12, and students will be eligible for academic credit.

“It’s a first in the area and we are very excited to launch this opportunity to the homeschool community,” says unit commander, Lt. Col. Dean Fitzgerald. “Homeschool students will be joining one of the premier units in the county, and will undertake the same classes and activities as their Florida Prep peers.”

Registration for the program is currently open. Admission will be via a short applicant and interview. Students interested in receiving further information should email Lt. Col. Fitzgerald at dfitzgerald@flprep.com 

More information about AFJROTC is available at: http://www.flprep.com/page.cfm?p=570

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