Zahm added it's important to teach students about recycling and other alternatives to throwing books away. For example, the books may be of use to someone else, he said.
“That's a great thing to teach a child,” Zahm said.
This was the first time the CDC held a book drive in Jefferson County, but organizers intend to make the program an annual occurrence.
“We'd like all the grade schools in Jefferson County to participate eventually,” Halbert said.
By the end of the summer, CDC officials hope to open a satellite facility in Jefferson County, Halbert said.
Also, the CDC will soon be placing recycling collection containers in the 42nd Street, Times Square Mall area of Mt. Vernon.
For winning the book drive, Bethel students each received a free mini-pizza donated by Godfather's Pizza at Huck's in Mt. Vernon.
Johnson said Bethel Grade School may start its own recycling program in the near future.