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ACGC – “I learned too much here!” One boy exclaimed at the ACGC YES! Teams’ Elementary Energy and Environmental Education Event, April 17 and 18 (Cosmos, Atwater). There was a lot to learn! Sprung from the idea of senior YES!team member Kayla Morse, it has evolved into a two-part, two-city, two-school event. The elementary classes moved from one green presentation to the next, listening intently as the YES! team covered a number of subjects and topics including, solar and wind energy, biofuels, composting etc. Lots of hands-on activities kept the young students completely engaged.
In the afternoon the YES! team moved into the classrooms for more in-depth labs such as making paper, working with a solar car and seed germination. “It’s almost as much fun for us as for it is for the kids!” said Sam Ammersman, who was working with the wind activities. “It’s important to teach kids when they are young and receptive.” Tianna Genzler thought the connections the children learned that day would “help them in school”. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the YES! students and that enthusiam was contagious. As Kayla pointed out, we need to “make it easy” to recycle and “teach each other”. I mean “How hard is it?” “If we all did this, we wouldn’t have to worry about the landfills.”
-Teri Wermerskirschen, interim YES coordinator