A fourth-grade class at the Manchester School in Windham won $500 in a contest to rename the Mid-Maine Waste Action Corp. in Auburn.

The class’s winning entry – Green Energy Maine, or G.E.M. – won’t necessarily become the new name of the quasi-municipal trash-processing facility.

Following the contest among local schools, the company will seek suggestions from its employees and then community members.

Executive Director Joseph Kazar said that the company has been around for 25 years and “many in the public still don’t know what we do and why it’s so beneficial to society and the environment.”

To change that, he said, the board of directors “is going through a process to find just the right name.”

In a letter to Manchester School teacher Donna Morton, Kazar said the board found the students’ entry “to be very descriptive of our mission and a very clever acronym.”