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Friday May 29, 2009
THE competition is heating up for 32 schools participating in the F&N Coca-Cola (M) Sdn Bhd (F&NCC) and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) Recycling Campaign, which was launched in March.
With just over one month to go in the campaign, SK TTDI Jaya and SMK Bukit Jelutong are front runners in the primary and secondary school category with a total collection of 8,121kg and 5,042kg respectively.
Based on the current collection data, SK TTDI Jaya looks like they have an unassailable lead in the primary school category as they have developed massive gaps from their closest contenders, SK Seksyen 9 and SK Seksyen 19 who collected a total of 5,773kg and 3,519kg respectively.
However, based on the performance in previous years, the last leg of the campaign will see many schools rev up their efforts for a strong finish.
SK TTDI Jaya is in an all too familiar position. Midway through the 2008 campaign, they were leading the standings but ended up in fourth position when the challenge ended. Some schools, which looked to be severely lagging, fared pretty well in the final analysis as they only submitted their total collection for tabulation towards the end of the campaign.
“We still have a final school challenge in the pipeline - this will be held at the end of June whereby we will announce the top student and class based on the highest weight of recyclable items collected. Hopefully, these additional incentives will help the school maintain its lead till the end of the campaign,” SK TTDI Jaya headmistress Mariah Mahat said.
Meanwhile, SMK Bukit Jelutong headmistress Datin Aishah Jaman was very happy and surprised to hear that her school was currently ahead of the pack in the secondary school category. “Last year we came in third. This year we are hoping to dethrone the 2008 secondary school champ SMK Section 19,” she said.
Their closest rivals currently are SMK Seksyen 18 and SMK Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh with 2,738kg and 2,247kg each.
Siti Zabedah Sahib, deputy head of student affairs of SK Bandar Anggerik (currently in sixth place) said they decided to organise weekly class competitions and offered students small prizes as incentives.
Last year, SK Seksyen 9 was a double winner - the overall champion in the primary school category with a collection of 10,068kg which won them RM1,300 and the Special Award worth RM600 for accumulating the most aluminum products among all the schools.
In the secondary school category last year, SMK Seksyen 19 emerged victorious, winning the grand prize of RM1,300 with 11,908kg of items collected.
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