June 6, 2011
Gershow Recycling Receives 700,000 Aluminum Tabs from William Floyd Elementary School's "Can Tabs for Kids" Program
Gershow to Match Funds Raised by Students for Donation to
The Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook
Pictured: Keith Fasciana (left), Principal, William Floyd Elementary School, and Jonathan Abrams (right), Manager, Gershow Recycling, with the aluminum tabs collected by the students from William Floyd Elementary School.
On June 2, Keith Fasciana, Principal, William Floyd Elementary School, returned to Gershow Recycling's Medford facility to weigh the aluminum tabs collected by the students as part of the school's "Can Tabs for Kids" program to benefit the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook. Mr. Fasciana brought in six bags of aluminum tabs weighing 242 pounds. In all, Gershow has received 700,000 tabs from the students to date, weighing a total of 460 pounds.
This is Mr. Fasciana's second visit to Gershow. On April 11, he came to Gershow to weigh the aluminum tabs the students collected since November 2010. At that time, students collected approximately 350,000 tabs. Gershow weighed six bags of tabs at 218 pounds.
The idea for "Can Tabs for Kids" was inspired by Maria Marks, a William Floyd Elementary School student who was diagnosed with cancer at a young age. Between the ages of two weeks and six months, she underwent numerous chemotherapy sessions. The constant exposure to the radiation resulted in Maria losing her hearing in both ears and now she must wear hearing aids. Her cancer has since been in remission.
When she was in the third grade, she noticed the school announcing fundraisers for diabetes awareness and for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, but there were no fundraisers for childhood cancer awareness. She brought that to the attention of school officials and, at that time, her parents, Peter and Nancy Marks, got involved in the Sunrise Fund.
Gershow Recycling helped William Floyd Elementary School kick off the "Can Tabs for Kids" program On February 4, in which students brought in aluminum soda and pet food tabs and placed them in collection bins located inside their classrooms. The bags were taken out of the bins and brought to Gershow, where they were weighed and recycled.
On June 8, a special assembly will be held at the school in which Gershow will present a check matching the funds the students raised. The money will then go to benefit The Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook, which was established to raise awareness about childhood cancer.