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Community Involvement: South Texas College Visits Valley Plastics

A teacher smiles for the camera with her new plastic discovery.

On February 9th, 2018, Teachers & staff scavenged our halls for diverse plastics with hopes of up-cycling decorative pieces in the classroom. Amongst some of the materials used for their classroom were: PVC, LDPE, and OCC. But classroom decoration wasn’t the only reason behind their visit to Valley Plastics. On February 28th, The Child Development Center hosted their annual art walk, where students between the ages of 1 -5 years of age, showcased their creativity and visions. All art works were created with materials donated by Valley Plastics & Paper Recycling. The art show took place at the South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus, as ornaments and colorful designs filled the halls. Overall, both events were a success & fun. Valley Plastics & Paper Recycling would like to thank STC’s Child Development Center for visiting us. We would like to specially thank Mrs. Serrano & Ms. Villagran for their outreach and making this rewarding experience possible.


Children playing with a plastic tray collected from Valley Plastics, as they use it as a sand table.

Insight behind STC’s Development Center: The Child Development Center is one of the many programs South Texas College offers. The program specializes in high quality early care for children of all students and faculty/staff  of STC. Their vision is to create a better quality of life for the children. Some of the activities they practice are “sand and water play, blocks, music and movement, outdoors, technology, construction, art, dramatic play, library, science, math, and language” To learn more about South Texas College’s Child Development Center visit them at: .


More pictures below! 

February 28: Densified EPS painted by the program’s students.
February 28,2018: EPS painted letters wandered around the exhibition.
February 28, 2018: Paintings taped on gaylord boxes for showcasing during the program’s art show.
February 09, 2018: South Texas College teachers & staff pose as a group on their February 9th Valley Plastics tour.


STC Theatre presents THE JUNGLE BOOK

ar-161119906South Texas College Theatre enters the wilderness with their November 2016 production of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, adapted by Greg Banks, which will run from Nov 17-19 at 8 p.m.. There will also be a Sunday matinee on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts Main Stage, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

In this new adaptation of the beloved Rudyard Kipling story, a child lost in the jungle is adopted by Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther, and all the beasts who call the mysterious wilderness home. In this fast-paced retelling, the rambunctious and curious Mowgli comes face-to-face with sneaky monkeys, noisy vultures, and the tiger Shere Khan; his mortal enemy.

“The Jungle Book has always been one of my favorite childhood stories,” says Jungle Book Director Joel Jason Rodriguez. “I think one of the reasons I still enjoy this story so much has to do with the message it has about the family we have and create. There is a familial bond which unites Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, and the wolves in a way that is authentic and loving. I also appreciate its theme about children maturing into young adults and how they adapt and react to their ever changing world.”

This production also received a special contribution from Valley Plastics and Paper Recycling. “We are very grateful for Valley Plastics contribution. When we began discussing how we would create Mowgli’s world, we decided to approach the production’s design with the idea of using recycled or repurposed materials to create the set and costumes. We didn’t want to paint over the materials because we wanted the audience to see our creations in their original state. It’s an imaginative and daring approach we chose and it has been a wonderful learning experience for our students,” says Jungle Book Director Joel Jason Rodriguez.

General admission tickets cost $10. Student, faculty, military, and senior citizen are $5. November 20, matinee production will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Ticket cash purchases can be made one hour before the performance at the box office or in advance online using a credit or debit card at

For additional information about the show or for group rates, call (956) 872-2301 or email or