The Environmental Journal


1st and 2nd graders are Ecoheroes
November 12, 2010, 8:15 pm
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A group of 1st and 2nd graders in Raleigh, North Carolina decided to make a change in their community. The 1st and 2nd graders learned that they can make a difference in the their community when they decided to participate in the Sieman’s Change the World Challenge. The schools focus was reducing waste in their cafeteria. During this whole process the kids were learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The kids were making posters to advertise recycling. They also made recycling containers and challenged each class to reduce, reuse and recycle. With the kids being so active in their school it also caused for the parents to become active at home. According to the treehugger blog “Many of the families either began or increased their recycling efforts. Most of the team began packing lunches that were sustainable—cloth napkins, reusable sandwich containers, water bottles. The other kids noticed, thought it was cool and began emulating them. Parents shared that they began to make more informed decisions at the grocery store.” This is exactly what the environment needs from almost every school. Not only should elementary schools model this school but also middle schools and high schools should become active in trying to save the environment. Starting at a young age also increases the “cool” factor of being eco-friendly and once they get older they will continue believing that being eco-friendly is “cool”. America needs more schools like Hunter Elementary School.

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