Wylie E. Groves Junior Alicia Lerner recycles used gift cards and hotel keys into guitar picks, and is selling them to raise money for her French class trip to France in summer 2012.
Lerner, 16, had collected hundreds of cards; mostly given to her as souvenirs. She didn’t want her years of collecting to go to waste so she found a guitar pick punch and made 400 picks, which she sent to Little Kids Rock, an organization that provides under privileged kids with instruments and instruction. She then started packaging the picks and selling them on Etsy.com as a fundraiser for her French trip.
“Lots of stores throw out the used cards,” said Lerner. “Now they give them to me. It’s just better for the environment. And the people who buy the picks are getting unique picks that no one else will have. It’s win-win.”
Besides carrying a college-prep load of Honors and AP classes, Lerner is also co-captain of the Birmingham United Varsity Skating Team, works with the Freshman Orientation Program, is Treasurer of the Junior class, and is a member of the French and Spanish Club. In November she competed in the Junior/Senior Powder Puff game for the Matthew Bittker Foundation. She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. She also works at the Birmingham Ice Arena as a skating coach, ice monitor, and concession worker. She has organized fundraisers for the Groves newspaper, the Varsity skating team, and the Figure Skating Club of Birmingham.
The picks are available on Etsy.com and you can find more information at www.Guitarishy.com. She also accepts used cards for recycling.
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Source: WWJ Newsradio 95