Excellence in Education: Holiday Lights Drive

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


People around Lincoln are already beginning to put up their Christmas decorations. And it’s just in time for Eastridge Elementary’s ‘Recycle Holiday Lights Drive.’

For the fourth year, Eastridge is asking the community to clean out their garages and basements, and donate any un-needed lights. The lights can bring working or non-working lights, and extension chords.

Boxes are put up outside of Eastridge Elementary for the lights drop-off.
The collection is two fold- it keeps broken lights from going to a landfill, and it allows Eastridge to raise money for their school.

"All those items are taken to ‘Scrap Central’ in Omaha. And they’re taken through a process where all the items are separated, and then they give us twenty cents per pound as a donation to our organization," says organizer Bob Reeker.

The money collected will then go towards education initiatives at Eastridge Elementary.

Last year more than 6,600 pounds of lights were collected.

The holiday lights drive will run through January 4th.