Some people may not devote too much thought to the aluminum tabs atop soda cans. But students at one Leavenworth elementary school spent the year collecting 145 pounds of the tabs.
The pop tabs collected at Henry Leavenworth Elementary School were donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.
The RMHC of Kansas City sells the donated tabs to a recycling company, according to Alan Lubert, community relations manager for the organization.
"You help us pay the bills," Lubert told Henry Leavenworth students.
He and other officials from the RMHC visited the school Wednesday to pick up the donated tabs. Among those visiting the school was Ronald McDonald, who performed a magic trick for the students during an assembly.
Lubert told students a Ronald McDonald House provides families a "home away from home" while children are being treated in area hospitals.
"Most of our families live hundreds of miles from Kansas City," he said of the people served by the organization.
He said the Kansas City area has one of the busiest Ronald McDonald House programs in the country. Officials plan to build a third Ronald McDonald House in this region. Lubert told students that when they collect pop tabs, they're helping to build a new Ronald McDonald House.
"I think most people don't have an opportunity to build a Ronald McDonald House," he said.
Henry Leavenworth Principal Stacy Graff students have been collecting the tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City since the beginning of the school year.
He said this was the third year students at the school have collected pop tabs.
According the website for RMHC of Kansas City, 1,267 pop tabs weigh one pound.
That means the students Henry Leavenworth Elementary School collected approximately 183,000 tabs.