Published On: Tue, Nov 1st, 2016

The million tab milestone

RANDOLPH — The community of Randolph came together Oct. 24 to celebrate a huge milestone.

The students, staff and community of Randolph achieved a long time, community and school goal of collecting one million pop can tabs to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

For the past 12 years, students in Theresa Schnoor’s class at Randolph Public Schools have been pulling tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland.

Each week, for the past 12 years, the second graders have been collecting and recording the tab collection.

A representative from the Ronald McDonald House, Sioux City, Iowa,  joined the K-12 student body and staff along with several community members to mark the event.

The senior class helped haul and dump the several boxes of tabs into one huge pile on the gym floor.  The tabs were later boxed up with the help of several community members and returned to Sioux City.

“Thanks to everyone who has helped collect,” SChnoor said. “It is definitely a charity in which everyone can contribute.  The tab collection will continue at Randolph Public School.”

Randolph High School seniors helped pour the pop tabs on to the high school gym floor, as the entire student body learned how the tabs will benefit RMHC of Siouxland.

The collection of one million pop tabs weigh about 833 pounds.  The money from recycling those tabs will help pay for families to stay at RMHC of Siouxland.

Ronald McDonald Houses across the country collect pull tabs from beverage cans, and then recycle those tabs as a way to raise money to support families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Over the past five years, tab recycling has raised over $29,000 for RMHC Siouxland.

“Our school systems and the students are the biggest supporters when it comes to our pull tab collection program.  Their efforts go a long way in helping families have a place to stay at RMHC Siouxland,” said Christy Batien, RMHC Siouxland Executive Director.

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland, Inc. is to help kids and families heal by keeping them close during hospitalization.  This is accomplished through the Ronald McDonald House at 2500 Nebraska St. where RMHC provides a home-away-from-home for families of children (ages 21 and younger) receiving medical care in Siouxland.

For more information, contact Christy Batien, Executive Director at (712) 255-4084 or