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Axis Steel donates $11,000 to regional schools

Business recycling fundraiser collects more than 77 tons of metal

From left, Brec Ronis, Maybell School teacher Bill Ronis, East Elementary School Principal Sarah Hepworth, Ridgeview Elementary Secretary Cyndee Owens, Ridgeview Principal Amber Clark, Axis Steel Operation Manager Chris Thome, Ridgeview student Bryan Gonzalez, Craig Middle School student Larissa Gonzalez, Ridgeview parent Toni Gonzalez, Moffat County High School Principal Thom Schnellinger and Sandrock Elementary parent Jason Jones celebrate the success of the Axis Steel Fabrication and Recycling PAC Fundraiser with the business donating more than $11,000 to area schools.
Andy Bockelman

The schools within Moffat County have tons of support — 77.43 tons, to be exact.

That was the amount of metal collected by area schools as part of Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling’s PAC Fundraiser.

Chris Thome, Axis operations manager, said this was well beyond the 100,000 pounds he had hoped to accumulate.

“We had a great turnout and a lot of generous donations,” he said.

Each school collected metallic items, large and small, to be picked up and sent to processing centers by Axis, with the company donating in return to each place of learning based on the tonnage gathered.

In a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Axis office, Thome handed out checks totaling $11,438.18 to representatives of the participating schools, which included East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset elementary schools; Maybell School; Craig Middle School, which shared a bin with Sandrock; Moffat County High School; and GOAL Academy.

Ridgeview received the greatest amount, $3,132.44, for its 18.8 tons of metal. As the highest collector, a $500 bonus was part of Ridegview’s total.

Principal Amber Clark, Secretary Cyndee Owens and school parent Toni Gonzalez were on hand and very excited to receive the funding.

“We’re just so pleased with our families and the parents that donated and pleased to find a partnership with the community that’s willing to take part in giving to our schools,” Clark said.