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Pico Canyon goes Green

Students learn when it comes to conservation, every little bit helps

Posted: April 18, 2009 10:56 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2009 4:30 a.m.

/ First-grader Michael Gilbert gets a closeup look at a beatle on display for Pico Canyon Elementry School students as part of Going Green Week on Friday.

Nearly 1,000 students from Pico Canyon Elementary School received a hands-on lesson about conservation and recycling this week when the school launched its “Go Pico Green” program to celebrate Earth Day.

The Stevenson Ranch school hosted a week of earth-friendly activities, including assemblies about composting and recycling and ladybug and butterfly demonstrations.

Principal Laura Banda hoped the week-long event showed kids that every little bit helps when it comes to conservation.

“Each of them can make a difference,” Banda said.

To promote conservation on campus, students created posters about recycling. Each of Pico Canyon’s 40 classrooms spent the week collecting thousands of bottles and cans, which parent volunteers turned into cash at recycling facilities. The school set a goal of $1,000, but was getting ready to exceed that number Friday.

By Thursday, students had collected 18,905 bottles and cans.

“This is stuff that people might throw away,” said Danielle Schoelen, “Go Pico Green” coordinator and parent.

By collecting bottles and cans as part of a school-wide competition, students were able to understand first-hand how to convert everyday objects into recyclable items.

Fourth-grader Haley Moore’s favorite part of the program was watching worms in a compost heap and seeing butterflies hatch from the cocoons.

“I learned that the compost can help plants grow like Miracle-Gro,” 9-year-old Haley said, referring to the plant fertilizer.
Haley is already an avid recycler of bottles, cans and glass.

“It can save nature and it won’t pollute the air and ocean,” she said.

Kyle Paguil, 11, serves as the student council president. The student council spent their mornings tallying the number of bottles and cans classrooms collected.

“I really like the recycling because we made a bunch of money for the school and it helps the environment,” sixth-grader Kyle said.




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