FREMONT – Compost piles, rain barrels, and reusable materials are just some of the ways area students are learning about how to be more environmentally conscious as they took part in this year’s Keep Fremont Beautiful Eco-Fair on Thursday at the city auditorium.
With over 350 students from area elementary schools in attendance and around 100 volunteers from local organizations, emphasis is placed on giving students hands on opportunities to make a difference for the environment. KFB Director Cathi Sampson says they hope to encourage students by showing them ways to become involved in conservation practices at a young age.
“This year, I had the joy of getting some help from Sue to help make our compost display and I was telling her, ‘isn’t this the best kind of science?’ because I was not necessarily a science buff in school. When we had those things that we could see, touch, and feel to help us learn, that’s what was fun for me. I think the students definitely get a lot out of the hands on experience.”
By learning about rain barrels, household chemicals, and recycling among other activities, KFB’s Sue Reyzlik has seen the event grow over the years with practical applications. Reyzlik says with Earth Day celebrated on Saturday and the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to show kids how they can help their world.
“We just keep busy all winter long getting this together, so it just seems like a natural kick off. It’s also part of the curriculum that goes with the fourth-grade students, it follows along with their science curriculum, so that’s part of it too.”
Students were asked to submit artwork for a poster contest with the winning posters placed on a large recycling bin provided by Waste Connections in Fremont. This year’s first place winner was Betsy Janssen of Howard Elementary, who won a pizza party for her and her classmates and art supplies courtesy of Waste Connections.
“She will have her artwork displayed on this bin which will be located north of the YMCA at Memorial Field for an entire year. We also have a second place winner and third place winner with their artwork displayed in smaller fashion on the ends.
Maggie Brester of Clarmar Elementary took second place in the poster contest and third place went to Annabell Bignill from Trinity Elementary.