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Verizon Awards Cash Prizes to Big Island Schools for Recycling Old Directories

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HONOLULU - Big Island residents helped local schools collect more than 22,000 outdated phone directories for a recycling contest sponsored by Verizon Hawaii.

"Our contest helps future generations to understand the benefits of recycling and encourages the community to help raise funds for our schools," said Dwayne Miyashiro, Verizon Big Island Manager. "It's truly a win-win situation."

    The winning schools for most books collected are:

  • 1st - St. Joseph Elementary with 3,859 books
  • 2nd - Honokaa Elementary with 2,823 books
  • 3rd - Kealakehe Elementary with 1,351 books

    The winning schools for most books collected per capita are:

  • 1st - Hualalai Academy with 19 books per student
  • 2nd - Mauna Loa School with 11 books per student
  • 3rd - E. B. de Silva Elementary with four books per student

These six winning schools will each receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $300 respectively from Verizon and a $150 gift certificate donated by KTA Super Stores.

"Everyone should recycle," said Barry Taniguchi, President/CEO of KTA Super Stores. "We're proud to continue supporting Verizon and our locals schools in this effort."

The following schools collected at least 1,000 old directories and will each receive a $100 cash prize from Verizon: Chiefess Kapiolani School, Kahakai Elementary, Keaau Elementary, Waiakea Elementary, Waiakea Intermediate, and Waiakeawaena Elementary.

Old directories collected on the Big Island were shipped to a paper mill in Washington State where they will be recycled into new directories.

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