Coca-Cola began collecting plastic bottles this week at its headquarters as part of its Earth Day activities. The goal is to gather 7,000 bottles, enough to make graduation outfits for 200 graduates.
Over the following months, the company plans to hold more collection drives in the Atlanta area until it has enough bottles to make caps and gowns for the entire APS graduation class of 2020. Roughly 2,400 students have graduated from Atlanta high schools in each of the last two years.
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said Coca-Cola’s donation will help lower the cost of senior fees paid by students’ families.
"It's a beautiful gesture for giving back to both their hometown schools and the environment," she said, in a news release issued by Coca-Cola.