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WHS Link Crew looks to turn electronics donations into cash

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The Woodbury High School Link Crew is trying to help freshmen transition and adjust during their first year in high school, but they also need some help.

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The Link Crew started with a no budget and after the many events and activities the group has organized -- including a dance, after school studying help and others -- they are trying to recoup some of those costs.

"We started with zero budget and right now we're kind of in the hole," said Link Crew coordinator Chris Dease, a teacher at Woodbury High School. "And we're trying to do something different every month."

To help recoup some of the costs for the programs, and to help fund future events and activities, Link Crew will be holding an electronics recycling collection through the end of the year.

"We're doing this so we can be able to have more activities," Link Crew leader Manivanh Lee said. "It's important to have these activities because it's good to help people -- I know when it was my first year I didn't have anyone helping me."

Link Crew will collect used cell phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, video cameras, MP3 players, inkjet cartridges, GPS devices, iPods, and gold, silver or platinum jewelry. All of the electronics will be mailed to Recycling Fundraiser, formerly Eco Phones, which will send the school a portion of money for all electronics.

All electronics received will either be refurbished and sold, or used for the precious metals included inside them.

"You'll get something no matter what because everything is 100-percent used," Dease said.

Dease said the collection effort is secure for donors since all of their private information will be zapped from electronic items before they are refurbished or used.

"We do want to make sure kids ask permission before donating though," she said.

Lee said they will be involving the entire school, as well as the community in this fundraising effort. She said they are hoping to go door to door making collections.

Dease said they are hoping the collection will be a success since it will help with many of their upcoming activities -- including a Toys for Tots collection, and half-time activities during the Dec. 18 WHS and Park High School basketball game.

"We've never done this before so we're trying to get it off the ground," Dease said.

For more information on electronics recycling and to view a list of items and prices visit http://www.recyclingfundraiser.com/

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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