Middle school enters recycling competition

Students at Stoneham Middle School are competing in a “Recycling Rumble” against youths from Bearden, Ark., for a chance to earn cash and an Apple iPad. The competition, created by the FundingFactory in Erie, Pa., began in February and runs through April 15. FundingFactory pitted Stoneham Middle School against the Bearden public schools because of their comparable recycling rates. The two groups are competing against each other for a fund-raising bonus equivalent to 25 percent of the value of all the recyclables they ship to FundingFactory during the contest. The top recycler among all of the group’s nationwide Recycling Rumble matchups will also win the latest Apple iPad. Winners will be announced on or before May 15. Community members and local businesses that would like to support Stoneham Middle School in the competition may drop off used ink-jet and toner cartridges and small electronics — including iPods, MP3 players, GPS devices, portable gaming systems, cellphones, laptops, and digital cameras — in the marked collection bin at Stoneham Middle School, 101 Central St. Corporate donors may also create their own support account and ship their recyclable items direct, free of charge. Stoneham Middle School will receive credit for all corporate sponsor shipments that are registered under the school’s account. For more information about the competition or to learn how to support Stoneham Middle School in the Recycling Rumble, visit or contact Eric Kolifrath at