One group of middle schoolers in Atlantic County are working hard to keep America beautiful.
The Pleasantville Middle School took first place for New Jersey in the National Recycle-Bowl and second in the country overall.
Students at the school were surprised Thursday morning with an awards ceremony which included a check presentation for $1,000 from the Keep America Beautiful organization.
But it's not just money that the kids are taking away from this experience.
"What's key about this recycling competition program is that we want to encourage students to recycle and more importantly that it's worth recycling. It really does make a difference, that all of our small options together help make a difference and make a cleaner environment," Brenda Pulley, Vice President of Keep America Beautiful, said.
Overall, 20 Atlantic County schools participated in the National Recycle-Bowl and Atlantic County Utilities Authority says they collected more than 100,000 pounds of material during the contest period.
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