In 2009, ACC partnered with LA’s BEST, an after school program in Los Angeles, to create the Go H2O! Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to encourage healthy habits, recycling and waste reduction among the 30,000 elementary school students involved in LA’s BEST.
The Challenge kicked off with the distribution of reusable water bottles for all students. Throughout the challenge, site coordinators and staff members of LA’s BEST lead lessons with a recycling education curriculum that they can use in and out of their classrooms. The curriculum gives them fun facts, trivia and games they can play to emphasize the important of recycling and healthy habits.
The Go H2O! Challenge continues during Earth Day when students participate in Earth Day Festivals at all involved LA’s BEST sites. The festivals reinforce the goals of the program by combining exercise with recycling through games like Water Bottle Bowling and a Recycling Relay that all involve recyclable materials.
Together we’re working to educate students about the importance of recycling plastics while emphasizing how drinking more water can reduce container usage and promote a healthy lifestyle. Since its inception, the LA’s BEST program has received educational materials about recycling and 30,000 reusable plastic water bottles made from recyclable material from ACC and implemented the Challenge at 180 sites.
The messages of the Go H2O! Challenge have gone forward to spark additional healthy initiatives throughout the LA’s BEST network including the installation of gardens and an increased availability of recycling bins at some of the 180 sites.