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Mar 3, 2015 7:56 PM

Bow students' work to clean up trash attracts national attention


BOW - Throwing your trash away. It's a daily task that's essential to keep our environment clean, but for one group of high school students, they've spent the past few months tackling the issue.

Ninth-graders at Bow High School had no idea what they were in for when they were called to the auditorium Tuesday morning.

Samsung's nationwide Plan for Tomorrow contest challenges students to solve a problem in their community.

A group of students in Marcel Duhaime's math and engineering class looked at picking up trash.

"We came up with a way to make it easier for organizations like the Boys Scouts to go out and clean up our woods," said Joseph Milano, a freshman.

The group surveyed the town and identified areas where illegal dumping is taking place.

"It's a problem that has a need," Duhaime said. "So we found a good problem, and we've created a solution that I think is going to be pretty effective."

The students worked on the trash project for the past three months. Now as one of 15 finalists they have a few weeks to prepare for their final presentation in New York City.

"We didn't think we were going anywhere with it at first," Milano said.

And by being a finalist, the school has already been rewarded with a $35,000 grant.

"When you get kids interested in what you're trying to teach them, the process of being a teacher becomes a no brainer," Duhaime said.


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