Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine Recycles Day promotes green

In association with America Recycles Day, the city and Keep Grapevine Beautiful collected recyclables while providing education and outreach about keeping Grapevine greener on Nov. 14.

Grapevine Recycles Day offered the opportunity to play, recycle, relax and network with local businesses and community organizations.

The city also used the annual event to promote other services, including pet adoptions and vaccines, collecting food and other items for the charity GRACE for families in need and accepting new toys for their Santa Cops program.

Cannon robots

Grapevine-Colleyville school district’s Cannon Elementary, a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) school, was on hand to represent its First Lego League (FLL), an after school club made up of fourth- and fifth-grade students working together to create a solution to a problem.

Members work to program a robot, Lego Mindstorms, in order to score points on a mat finding a solution to a problem. This year’s project has an environmental focus and the members engage in a variety of activities to raise awareness about the importance of recycling, such as starting an environmental club at Cannon and creating video tutorials to teach students about recycling. The recycling club’s mission statement is to improve and increase the recycling habits of Cannon Cub students to gain an appreciation of the environment.

Cannon Principal Tona Blizzard said FLL project members designed their project around this year’s FLL theme, Trash Trek.

“This local event provides a wonderful opportunity to help them learn more about recycling and the importance of raising awareness about this within our school community,” Blizzard said of Grapevine Recycles Day.

Teams can compete in FLL competitions. FLL is an international inquiry-based program for children ages 9-14 that grows their interest in science and technology. Blizzard said their FLL team has 2 parts — one team is the robot team, which participated in a FLL Scrimmage on Nov. 14. The other part is the project team, which participated in Grapevine Recycles Day on the same day. Their team name is Mission Impossibots.

Santa Cops

Grapevine’s Santa Cop program began about two decades ago, featuring the jolly old elf in a blue uniform and badge instead of his traditional red suit as he delivered toys to a few needy children in the community. Today, more than 1,000 children are served annually.

The program was conceived by retired crime prevention officer Margie Salame, who said it shows that police officers are friends and that they care about the gift recipients.

“We want every kid to have a good Christmas, and if one kid goes without receiving a gift, he or she might not have a good holiday,” Salame said.

Preferred pets

The Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center hosted a low cost pet vaccine clinic at the event. Services were provided by Texas Coalition for Animal Protection.

Also, pet adoptions were available on-site and hosted by the Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.

Graceful giving

Founded in 1987, GRACE is a faith-based, nonprofit relief agency, providing food, clothing and other emergency assistance to people in need in greater northeast Tarrant County with the goal of encouraging self-sufficiency.

A greener Grapevine

Keep Grapevine Beautiful is organized to preserve and enhance the local natural environment by strengthening citizen’s levels of commitment through educational programs and engaging volunteer-based projects.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367