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March 8--  Lori Wingate is retiring this year from her job teaching second graders at Sally Meadows Elementary School in Vidalia.  Her students promised her they would collect the most cans and win this year's recycling competition at the school in her honor.  They were as good as their word and won this year's contest which sponsored by the City of Vidalia and its trash contractor, Republic Services, along with Chic Fil A and Ameris Bank.

sdmrecyclesOverall the student body collected 47,716 cans weighing 1,446 pounds.  Republic Services presented a check for $948 to the school based on the current market value of the aluminum cans.