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Wood-Ridge Students Reach Semi-Finals In Fundraising Contest

Remy and Grace Ottevaere creating a recycled bin.
Remy and Grace Ottevaere creating a recycled bin. Photo Credit: Cheri Ottevaere

WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. — Wood-Ridge students have made the semi-finals in the TerraCycle "Box That Rocks" to raise $500 for the Catherine E. Doyle School.

They just need you to VOTE HERE .

"We chose this bin as a finalist because of the fantastic use of upcycled materials, and the creative way it demonstrated taking ‘a bite out of recycling’,” said Albe Zakes of Terracycle.

Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCycle is an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and re-purposes the material/

"Rock the Box" challenges students to build a creative and clever TerraCycle collection bin using upcycled materials.

WRPEF President Chei Ottevaere’s children — Remy, 10 and Grace, 7 — took to the challenge.

Making a recycling bin out of recyclable material, Remy and Grace created a shark out of aluminum foil, old juice boxes, poster board and other materials with the phrase: “Take a a bite out of recycling.”

“It’s amazing to take something we strongly believe in and see them get this far,” Ottevaere said. “I am very proud that they are taking what they learned and putting it into action.”

Voting closes on Nov. 6, with the Top 10 winners will be selected on Nov. 10.

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