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Booth-Fickett 8th-grader's recycling message keeps on truckin'

Posted April 21, 2014

When Ethan Bell sees a City of Tucson recycling truck go by, you can bet he will do a double-take to see what's on the side of the vehicle.

Ethan, an eighth-grader at Booth-Fickett Math/Science Magnet School, is the winner of the city's Truck Poster Contest, and his artwork is featured on one of the recycling trucks that rumbles through Tucson every weekday.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild unveiled the artwork truck at the school on Monday, April 21. He said Ethan's work was chosen from 113 entries from 15 schools.

"It's a very simple design, but it's bold, and it gets the message across," Rothschild said. The contest challenged middle-school students to depict the concept of conservation through reducing, reusing and recycling.

The truck that features the artwork runs on compressed natural gas, which is more efficient, less expensive and produces less carbon than other fuels.

Booth-Fickett principal Michael Konrad congratulated Ethan and the other students who are in the school's environmental science class, which inspired Ethan's work.

"In this class, you learn what you can do to have an impact," he said.

Ethan certainly has had an impact on his fellow students. In addition to the honor of having his artwork featured, he won a pizza party for the whole class.

Photo of the recycling truck

Photo of Ethan Bell and the recycling truck