Lincoln Military Housing (LMH), the nation's leading provider of homes for military families, was awarded the 2020 Exemplary Individual Project/Program Award for their partnership with Fort Sam Houston Elementary School, supporting the Cougar Cub Recycling Program.
In its 16th year, the annual award encourages and reflects the outstanding partnerships formed between military installations and school districts that serve the military- and veteran-connected children. Each year, winning partnerships are selected from schools and military installations worldwide that celebrate the military child in exceptional and sustainable ways.
"Lincoln has been a proud supporter of the students in the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District for many years. When we were asked to support the recycle project and expand the recycle club, we knew this was something we could get behind,” said Shequita Sims, Lincoln Military Housing, District Manager.
"Not only did it allow us to support our community partners, but it also provided resident education and awareness about the ecosystem, and our environment.”
The combined efforts were instrumental in the school's recent win of PepsiCo Recycle Rally contest. The monetary award will give back to the community and enhance the relationship built through its recycling program.
The Cougar Cub Recycling Program included tracking and reporting the number of recyclables placed curbside from September 2019 to January 2020. Partnering organizations included Lincoln Military Housing, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston Independent School District, Fort Sam Houston Elementary School, Brooke Army Medical Center, Parkwood Housing, JROTC Cole High School, and JBSA-Fort Sam School Liaison Office - Texas.
Lincoln Military Housing Residents contributed 17,252 pounds of recyclables in six short months. The total collection was 1.4 million pounds of recyclables from various partners.
Fort Sam Houston Elementary School plans to use their prize to purchase audio-video equipment and give back to the community by creating public service announcements for their community partners. They will also buy a large shed for the Cougar Cub Recycling Club to aid in collection and sorting.