Volunteers from Mrs. Stroh's and Mrs. Sheldon's Kaleidoscope School work with the Kenai Watershed Forum to clean up along No Name Creek in Kenai.
For the second year, Mrs. Stroh’s and Mrs. Sheldon’s third and fourth grade classes at Kaleidoscope school in Kenai joined forces with parents and volunteers from the Kenai Watershed Forum to do a litter patrol along No Name Creek. “During the winter we write grants through the Kenai Watershed Forum to obtain funding for youth programs such as the Adopt-a-Stream and Creek Clean up programs,” explained Shelly Brenneman of the Kenai Watershed Forum. “Last week the students went before the Kenai City Council to invite the community to participate and keep the council informed as to what they were up to. Today the kids are having a great time here cleaning up the creek.” About 50 students and 10 parents participated in the clean up walk along the creek. “What I like best is looking at the beautiful environment and knowing we are helping to keep it that way,” said Morgan from Mrs. Stroh’s class. Nine-year-old Kelsey brought along a special litter prong that helped her scoop up trash without having to touch it.
According to the teachers, much more than picking up litter was accomplished during the organized outing. Experiencing the creek as part of a watershed inspires interest in classroom studies and makes science come alive to the students by being in the field, “When that happens students understand science better as they head into middle and high school because they cultivate an interest in science through the experience.”
The students were all provided with rubber gloves, water, and snacks along the way, and all agreed that the walk was a great out of classroom experience.
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