This Saturday Westy Self Storage in Wilton, Conn., is one of three companies sponsoring the Cider Mill School “Bottled Up! for Wilton Schools” bottle and can collection drive. Community members are encouraged to drop off their empty bottles and cans at the Cider Mill bus loop, 240 School Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will be on hand to unload bottles and cans from vehicles.
Once donated, the items are sorted, counted, bagged and redeemed for the 5 cent deposit. The money is deposited into an account for the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF), which is affiliated with the event. As sponsors, Westy Self Storage, Stop & Shop and Wilton Hardware have agreed to provide in-kind and material donations.
The student-run charity effort began four years ago by a group of second-graders who wanted to give back to their school. To date, the drive has raised and donated $2,300 for Wilton schools, according to WEF member Heather Borden Herve, who serves as a Bottled Up! advisor.
WEF provides ongoing professional development for teachers and funds interactive teaching tools, particularly for music and the arts. The organization recently donated more than $100,000 to area schools to fund technology and arts programs, teacher development, and continuing education. The money will also support classroom materials and learning programs, Borden Herve told the source.
Founded in 1990, Westy Self Storage is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. The company's portfolio of facilities spans the tri-state area of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.