Hauling your Holiday cans to Parkrose helps students

Now that we’ve rung in the new year, here’s a reminder about how your return-deposit bottles and cans help the “Can Man and Crew” to help students in Parkrose area schools …

-1 Dave Luce, the “Parkrose Can Man” (center), gets help from volunteers in sorting deposit-return bottles and cans delivered to the monthly can drive.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Instead of sorting and lugging your deposit-return cans, bottles, and plastic beverage containers back to the stores, consider taking them over to Parkrose Middle School and dropping them off for Dave Luce and his merry band of volunteers on Saturday, January 7.

“I started doing this in 1995, when our youngest boy had graduated,” Luce said. “I started this to help the school.”

And help the school he certainly has. “Last year we did about $17,000,” recalled Luce.  “Over the last five years, we’ve raised $77,500 for both the Parkrose Bronco Boosters and the Senior All-night Party.”

The first half of this school year has given them a good start, Can Man Luce reported. “We’re looking forward to a good year.”

Parkrose Middle SchoolAdvancement Via Individual Determination” students help out at this monthly can drive.

In addition to the monthly can drive – he splits the proceeds with whatever Parkrose area school group helps out that month – Luce also maintains and empties recycling containers at area businesses, office buildings, and organizations.

“For example, Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union has established a site,” Luce acknowledged. “Now, they encourage all their customers to bring their deposit return bottles and cans there, for us.”

Drop off your cans on Saturday, and you’ll see for yourself why Dave Luce is called the “Can Man”!

Next can drive is January 7
From 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on January 7, bring your deposit-return cans and bottles with you to help support their efforts. It’s at Parkrose Middle School, on NE Shaver Street, a block west of NE 122nd Avenue, across from Parkrose High School.

For more information, to have a large load picked up, or to have a collection bin put in your place of business, call Dave Luce at (503) 255-3745.

  • On our front page, Carter Alfrey shows no one is too young to help out at the monthly Parkrose can drive!

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