Crystal Walker’s third grade class participated in a tree planting at Elkin Elementary School on Friday.
One of the students, Tyler Holcomb, won a contest sponsored by Unifi, Inc.
The contest was for the children of Unifi’s employees, and required participants to create a work of art out of recycled material. Tyler’s mother, Theresa Holcomb, is an employee at Unifi.
Tyler made a robot out of recycled materials, and he won the contest out of about seven entries in the Yadkin Valley area. The prize was a tree to be planted at the winner’s school. Tyler and the rest of his class participated in planting a Red Maple tree outside on Elkin Elementary School’s grounds.
Two employees of Unifi along with Elkin Elementary School principal Tom Caton were there to help Ms. Walker’s third graders plant the tree. Unifi manufactures polyester, nylon, and other raw materials. According to employee Jeff Mickles, the company emphasizes recycling. In fact, Mickles said that the company is looking to become “landfill free” by the end of this year. He said employees are getting used to separating all of their trash into recyclables, and that compost is made out of waste that can be used for that purpose. According to Mickles, if Unifi becomes “landfill free,” it will be a huge money saver for the company.
Caton said that Elkin Elementary is putting a big emphasis on recycling as well and would love for the school to become landfill free. He is proud of Tyler Holcomb for winning the contest and adding a tree to beautify the school’s outdoor area.