Hawaiian teenager recycles to help college students reach college – UNF Spinnaker
At first Genshu Price was recycling for his own good – his father said it would be a good way to save money for his school fees.
But then he came up with a bigger idea: why not recycle thousands of bottles and cans to help other students in Hawaii achieve their college dream.
“That way it could help a lot more local families, help a lot more people across the generations,” Price said.
The 13-year-old from Oahu started Bottles4College three years ago. The goal is to collect and recycle 2-4 million cans and bottles per year to fund the tuition fees of up to two students. Price said his project “gained ground” during the coronavirus pandemic.
“People saw this as a way to give back an opportunity to local families, especially since the pandemic has hit everyone so hard, especially children,” he said. At the same time, they would protect the environment and keep their island clean.
His mother, Maria Price, recalled how he started going to beaches, Little League baseball games and parks, “just asking people if they were done with their drinks,” to collect their drinks. bottles and their cans, which he sorted with his parents. help.
Since then it has collected over 100,000 bottles and cans and received support from businesses and schools, setting up drop off depots at places like Mililani Uka Primary School, Kualoa Ranch Nature Reserve and SW King Middle School, which he attends.
“Hawaii already has a very high cost of living. COVID has made it even more difficult, ”he said. “I want to provide a path for students who may not have… been able to go to college on their own.”
Bottles4College, he said, is built on four pillars: education, environment, community and lifestyle. “We are helping the environment by recycling,” he said. “We are helping education by providing scholarships to the children of Hawaii and making them want to get a good education. And then you bring the communities together.
It’s a lifestyle, he says, because the other pillars become a part of your life.
The future eighth-grader is also an aspiring filmmaker; he made a documentary highlighting his work. He also posts videos on YouTube, including tips on how to sort cans and bottles and encourage others to recycle.
“We still have a bit of a way to go to get to where we want to be, but it’s definitely exciting. Every can counts, it’s one can or one bottle at a time, ”he said.
Caring for others, he said, is even more important in difficult times.
“In school, you are taught to treat other people the way you want to be treated,” he said. “And especially at a time like during the pandemic, that phrase really comes into play.”
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