Bald Eagle

On Centre | Bald Eagle Area: A tab everyone would like to pick up

Soon, Bald Eagle Area High School students always will be glad to pick up tabs.

They won’t mind paying it forward.

For the fifth year, BEA’s student government is sponsoring the school’s Pop Tab Drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. From Oct. 30 to Feb. 5, homerooms will vie for the top tab-collecting honor, won the past four years by Andrea Simpson’s room.

Last year, her students collected a whopping 130 pounds of aluminum tabs, the bulk of BEA’s gift. The school sent the charity’s Danville house about 160 pounds.

The charity redeems the tabs, which are easier and more hygienic to store than cans, via recycling.

“This is such an easy way to help the community,” said student government adviser Diane Lucas in an email.

“I know from my own experience that Ronald McDonald House is a great asset to families with children receiving care at the larger out-of-town hospitals.”

Along with the tabs, the students donated 12 boxes of toys for going-home presents for families staying at the Danville house. The toys also became prizes at the charity’s Camp Dost, a camping experience for children with cancer.

The homeroom with the most tabs wins a celebration of its choice: an ice cream bash, pancake breakfast or pizza party. But student government leaders this year want to feed more than their peers. They hope to go to Danville and cook a meal for the Ronald McDonald House residents.

They’re also asking local businesses and organizations to collect tabs for the cause. Lucas said the Danville house has provided stickers and fliers to go with collection containers, and businesses can designate specific homerooms as recipients if they wish.

Businesses can join the drive by contacting Lucas at Students are willing to make containers and, if businesses make prior arrangements, collect them in the end, Lucas said.

It would be their pleasure.

They’ve got these tabs, and they’re richer for it.