PLEASANTVILLE - City officials lined up in the auditorium of Pleasantville Middle School to congratulate the school on its nationally recognized recycling efforts.

A group of 12 gifted and talented students began a recycling project when they were in 6th grade.

These students raised funds from boxtops and bake sales to buy 100 small recycle bins for each classroom, said gifted and talented teacher Liza Levitt-Tighe.

The school, which has an enrollment of 832, collected more than 38,000 pounds of material, ranking first in the state and second in the country in Keep America Beautiful's Recycle Bowl.

About 1,500 schools participated across the country.

The collection period for the Bowl was Oct. 15 to Nov. 9.