With all the alarming news about the Philadelphia School District finances and whether the state legislature will or won't institute a cigarette tax to bolster funds, there's one lovely little ray of good news:
The kids at the Shawmont School have earned more than $2,000 by collecting drink pouches and sending them to TerraCycle, the Trenton company that that takes difficult-to-recycle packaging and "upcycles" it into products.
Just how many did the kids collect? More than 18,000.
TerraCycle has an ingenious funding arrangement (school district may want to take note). Companies -- such as CapriSun -- fund all or part of the collection program. Schools or other groups in "brigades" collect the material, ship it to TerraCycle and then get "paid" a minimal amount for each item,