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Recycling Whitfield Students Top Recent Stats

on Wed, 2014-04-16 09:32

When it comes to recycling, students in Whitfield County Schools continue to lead in the region.

According to the March numbers published by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority (DWSWA), sponsor of Target Recycling at School, four of the top five schools are in the county school system.

School Students Pounds Recycled Pounds per Student
Pleasant Grove Elementary 472 8,690 18.4
Dug Gap Elementary 434 4,290 9.9
New Hope Middle School 546 5,150 9.4
North Whitfield Middle 868 5,560 6.4
Totals 2,320 23,690 10.2

As a whole, all schools participating in Target Recycling in School, collected 74,200 pounds of recyclables for a combined recycling rate of 3.4 pounds per student.

Taking all 33 participating schools into account, that means 10.8 percent of all 21,465 participating students are contributing nearly 32 percent of all recycled items. This is amazing work by everyone in the community who is a part of Target Recycling at School. Even more astounding is that students recycle about this much every month!

Target Recycling at School is a free recycling collection and environmental education program provided to public and private schools in Whitfield County by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority . For more information visit the recycling section of their website: or call the Recycling Center at (706) 278–5001.

Whitfield County School Board Passes 100% Tobacco-Free Policy

on Wed, 2014-04-16 08:52

Article provided by North Georgia Health District (

Dalton (GA) - The Whitfield County School Board voted to revise the school district’s tobacco policy for both students and staff at their monthly meeting last evening. With a 4–0 vote (one board member was absent), the verbiage in the policy now better reflects the actual procedures that have been followed in the school system for many years. Under the new policy, no student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product at any time on school property or at school events. The revised policy also bans the use of electronic cigarettes, better known as e-cigarettes.*

The school board began considering changing the policy several weeks ago when Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12617 of New Hope Elementary School, assisted by the North Georgia Health District, made an appeal to School Superintendent Dr. Judy Gilreath to “make Whitfield County Schools recognized as a Georgia model 100 percent tobacco-free school district.” The troop attended the school board meeting last evening to provide a presentation to the board prior to the vote.

“Although Whitfield County Schools has been a tobacco free system since 2001,” said Dr. Gilreath, “the revised policy will bring us more in line with the state criteria required in order to be officially designated by the state as tobacco free. It is so encouraging to see this young troop of girls actively involved in making our community healthier for all of us. Troop 12617 and their adult leaders are to be commended for leading this effort.”

The North Georgia Health District will support the schools’ tobacco-free policy by providing signage and an education campaign.

To view the most current list of Georgia school districts that are officially recognized by the Georgia Department of Public Health as 100% tobacco-free schools, please click here: Districts with 100% TFS Policy. To view a model 100% tobacco-free school policy template for school districts in Georgia, please log onto Model Policy for School Districts.