Students collect tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House
by Rachel Davis
Feb 16, 2013 | 2160 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — When first graders at Sumiton Elementary/Middle School began collecting tabs off of drink cans at the beginning of the year, teacher Allison Owens couldn’t have known her students would respond the way they did.

“We just wanted something that the kids could do themselves, Owens said.

At current, Owens’ 18 students have collected more than 20,000 can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham provides a “home-away-from-home” for the parents and families of children undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital. These services include meals, laundry support and activities.

“Collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling, and raise funds to help children and their families at the same time,” the nonprofit said on its website. “Some of our chapters raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections.”

The website also said that can tabs are preferred to cans because they are more hygienic and easier to store and transport.

One student, Shanna Martin, collected and brought in over 3,000 can tabs by herself, but the other students have also continued to collect the tabs.

Owens said counting the tabs is time consuming, but she couldn’t be happier to do it as her students continue to bring in more and more each day.

“These are counted,” Owens said, gesturing to the sealed, marked bags. “But I still have to count all of these,” she added, holding up another large freezer bag of tabs.

So far the tabs have totaled 20,754, which is approximately 13 pounds, but, with three months left in the school year, that number will keep growing.