Craig schools pocket nearly $6k from Axis Steel fundraiser |

Craig schools pocket nearly $6k from Axis Steel fundraiser

Local businesses, community provide 65.4 tons of metal for recycling

Andy Bockelman
From left, Chris Thome is joined by son, CR, a second-grader at East Elementary School; daughter, CC, 2; Sandrock Elementary School second-grader Danika Garcia; Sandrock Principal Kamisha Siminoe; Moffat County High School Vice Principal Steve Bollinger; Ridgeview Elementary Secretary Cyndee Owens; East Principal Sarah Hepworth; Sunset Elementary Principal Jill Hafey; and MCHS Principal Kelly McCormick following the presentation of checks Tuesday for the Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling PAC Fundraiser. Thome, the Axis operations manager, distributed nearly $6,000 to school administrators for their role in collecting more than 65 tons of scrap metal to be recycled. Craig Middle School and GOAL Academy also participated in the fundraiser but were unable to send representation.
Andy Bockelman

After several weeks of collection, thousands of pounds of scrap metal have been gathered from around Moffat County, and local schools have a little bit more in their coffers as a result.

The second annual Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling PAC Fundraiser amounted to $5,904.22 for Craig’s educational institutions, including Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School, GOAL Academy and East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset elementary schools.

Each school received an Axis receptacle starting on Earth Day for parents, businesses and community members to contribute their old appliances, junker car parts or any other kind of unneeded, non-hazardous metal items to be recycled by the company. Axis in turn gave each school a rate of $75 per ton to be donated to their Parent Advisory Committee or equivalent.

Among the seven entities, 65.4 tons were passed along to the business.

Sandrock was the big winner, boasting 14.33 tons of material for $1,074.49, as well as an extra $1,000 provided by Axis as the top group.

The school was put over the mark by a large contribution by Bolton Construction, 5.34 tons.

“Across the board, when this community rallies around their schools, they always show up,” said Kamisha Siminoe, Sandrock principal, following the presentation of funds Tuesday at the Axis site. “The families always put forth their best effort. I think Craig overall does a really good job of that.”

Siminoe added that businesses leading by example to demonstrate the importance of recycling was also crucial.

It was Trapper Mine that gave the most metal to the cause, more than 53,000 pounds worth of old equipment, spread out across two weeks and distributed around to each of the schools.

Ridgeview, which won last year, followed Sandrock with 11.14 tons, Sunset 10.79, East 9.51, MCHS 7.25, CMS 7.08 and GOAL Academy 5.30.

Chris Thome, operations manager for Axis, noted that the number of businesses who contributed to the fundraiser was greatly improved, with Miller Family Appliance, M&M Auto, Yampa Auto Body and Masterworks Mechanical also chipping in a lot.

The total tonnage was down from the 77 tons collected in 2014 — likely because of poor weather inhibiting drop-offs at the outdoor bins — and Axis was unable to offer the same price per ton as the program’s inaugural year.

“The scrap market wasn’t as good this year,” said Thome.

Still, Thome sees the turnout as an indicator that people want to see the community cleaned up of excess scrap and that refuse turned into an investment in youth education as the fundraiser becomes a regular feature.

“For year two, I think we did great,” he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or

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