King Elementary School will be recognized for its recycling efforts at 8 a.m. Friday, March 6, during the rise and shine assembly.

John Pope, director of Keep Van Buren Beautiful, will present a plaque to King Elementary as the winner of the friendly competition between the Alma and Van Buren school districts.

Nationwide, nearly 900,000 students and teachers competed in Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl, striving to recycle as much as possible. Pope said. The Recycle Bowl is a nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students.

Recyclables recovered during the 2014 competition totaled 4.4 million pounds, which prevented the release of 7,187 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

"In real-world terms, this reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from 1,409 passenger cars," Pope said.

King Elementary recycled an average of 5.79 pounds per student this year in the Recycle Bowl, competing in the community division.

"King Elementary is proud to be the No. 1 school in the state of Arkansas for the division," said Jolie Hobbs, special education teacher at King.

King Elementary placed 40th in the nation in their division, competing against 115 schools.