By the time you read this, school is in session already. It starts earlier than way back when I was a kid but come on, the beginning of another term shouldn't be happening already! Anyway, as long the subject of school has been addressed, included for today are links for pretty cool web sites for students.
www.kidsforsavingearth.org/index.html. This one touches my heart. Founded in memory of Clinton Hill (by his parents) who died at the age of 11, KSE has grown to more than 8,650 groups in more than 80 states and countries! I came across the site back in the early 1990s, and it's been in "my favorites" list on my computer since. Following is an excerpt from a site page titled From Clint's Mom: He couldn't understand what we were doing to our planet - we dumped poisons into our skies and rivers and showed neglect for our precious plants and animals. How, he wondered, could we do such things? Of course, we all continue to wonder. But here is where Clint was different. He didn't just wonder. He acted. He started a club for kids, dedicated to peaceful Earth-saving actions. The first club was in his school, Sunny Hollow Elementary in New Hope. He called it Kids for Saving Earth. If your kid/s visit the site they won't be disappointedand neither will you. By the way, the "headquarters" for this non-profit is still in Minnesota. It's in North Branch.
dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/ Love this one! I feel like a kid when I visit the site! (Of course, way back when I was a kid the phone hadn't even been around that long. Just kidding!)
livegreen.recyclebank.com/the-cycle This is cool way for students, and us grownups, to get a glimpse of the sorting process at an MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) and then how recyclables are used in the manufacturing process. It is an animated clip, but it's a great learning tool.
www.kabman.org/ Keep America Beautiful has been around since 1953, but KAB Man hasn't. He's a "defender of the environment." Love it! Before we move on to the last site, here's a trivia question: What's the name of the iconic symbol of environmental responsibility that appeared in one of the most successful PSA campaigns in history? Answer will be at the bottom.
http://www.ryanswell.ca/ Here's another one that has stayed in "my favorites" for a number of years. It hasn't got anything to do with recycling or any other Earth care measures but rather how the tender heart of a child was the catalyst of a nonprofit organization that has changed the lives of countless impoverished people in 16 countries around the globe. It all began in 1998 when Ryan was only 6 years old! You will be inspired when you visit the site I promise! Plus, I know it'll make you appreciate water even more than you already do!
I have addresses for a lot of other educational sites for kids and a lot for interesting ones geared toward parents/grandparents/older students/folks in general. Contact me if you're interested. Ohhow many of you answered Iron Eyes Cody for the trivia question? You're the winners!
Keep reducing, reusing, recycling and buying recycled. For info or if your club is interested in a presentation (free) regarding recycling/waste reduction and hazardous waste disposal, call the Lyon County Environmental Office at 507-532-8210. Also available is info about disposal of appliances, electronics and tires. www.lyonco.org. Click on environmental in the department menu.