TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A local Girl Scout troop hopes to improve the environment by collecting markers for recycling.
Students at Dale Mabry Elementary in Tampa are dumping their used coloring markers for a good cause. The initiative is spearheaded by Girl Scout Troop 30014 to help them earn the Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.
"We collected them because we want to make the world a better place and we wanted to help our community and have it less polluted," said Girl Scout Katie Arnold.
They are taking part in the Crayola Recycling Program called Color Cycle.
"I think Color Cycle is a really good program to help the environment and help reduce pollution and things that hurt the environment," said Girl Scout Addison Copley.
The Girl Scout troop started collecting markers last year and have collected over 3,000 markers so far.
The markers will be send off to the Crayola company to be recycled, where they can be turned into asphalt and roofing shingles. The used markers can even be used to generate electricity.
"I'm so impressed by kids these days their really taking the lead on, you know on protecting our environments and just changing the world for the better," explained art teacher Nanette Dailey.
These girls are earning a badge by creating a new picture for the future.
"I'm hoping that it affects us in the future to where we can make the future world for myself as an adult and like other kids to form a new generation to make it a better place," Katie said.