Your “Old Lights” Can Help Others

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

STATELINE (WIFR) -- If your holiday lights are “lights out” this year, then please remember to recycle your broken or unwanted strings of lights, rather than throw them away. This is the sixth year that the Anna Schenker Memorial Scholarship fund will recycle your unusable strings of lights or broken extension cords and put them to good use. The lights are recycled and the proceeds donated to a student to help with college costs.

The fourth annual Anna Schenker Scholarship was awarded in September to a freshman student at UW- Rock County. Anna died in a car accident almost 8 years ago while she was a student at UW-Rock County.

The following businesses will accept your strings of lights, power cords, or old copper items.- All BMO Harris Bank locations (formerly M & I Bank) in Janesville and Beloit, Michael’s Cycles- Janesville, Beloit Health System (including Beloit Memorial Hospital, Beloit Clinic and NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus), N. Illinois Hospice- Rockford, UW-Rock County main office, Mocha Moment in Janesville, Simple Scissors in Janesville, Burtness Chevrolet in Orfordville, and the Bank of Brodhead. Working or non-working lights will be collected through January.

For a list of all the locations please call the Dave and Carole Schenker Family at 608-756-3568, 608-295-9892 or e-mail them at They will also pick up large amounts of strings if you call them. To increase scholarship proceeds, the family is also selling an Anna Schenker Memorial cookbook with favorite family and friend recipes at a cost of $12 each or 2 for $20.

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