Jim Barbagallo of Behr Iron & Metal said the company usually offers 50 cents per pound of cans, but will
offer 65 cents per pound Tuesday to Kishwaukee students. They will match the offer for any can donations
from the community, targeted to Kishwaukee. The company told students they could use the money for
their classroom. Instead, they wanted to donate it to disaster relief in the Philippines.
The trip is also tied to one of the RPS Readiness Rocks – Career and College Readiness. During the tour,
Behr representatives will tell students about jobs in the iron and metal industry and the education and
training needed. College and Career Readiness is being taught at all grade levels at Kishwaukee, with
guest speakers from the medical field, fire science, and Rock Valley College, Rockford University and
Rockford Career College.
Kishwaukee Principal Aimee Kasper said she’s excited for her students to make the connections to
recycling and see how the plant works. Even more heartwarming is the pledge from Behr to pay her
students for the cans. “They’re helping my students help others,” Kasper said.
How to help: The community is welcome to donate cans to Kishwaukee Elementary School, 526 Catlin St.,
by Monday afternoon (Nov. 25), or directly to Behr on Tuesday, 1100 Seminary St.
About the tour: Barbagallo describes the event as a Jurassic Park-type tour with machines crumpling
metals. Students are encouraged to react to the dinosaur-like machines pulling apart cars and other metal
pieces. It’s both entertaining and educational, Barbagallo said.
Media: If you’d like to attend the tour, the bus leaves Kishwaukee at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 and will
return at 10:30 a.m. The tour will be guided on an RPS school bus – please plan to ride that bus, as
additional vehicles will not be permitted on the tour. Please RSVP with Principal Aimee Kasper: 815-966-
3380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.