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Middle School Students Promote Going Green

Oct. 24, 2013

The students at Henley Middle School are going green. 150 sixth graders took to the Downtown Mall Thursday to spread their message about environmental conservationism.

It's part of their initiative to promote responsible environmental practices in Albemarle County. The students dressed up as "environmental superheroes," and paraded downtown talking to the public about becoming environmentally responsible.

"Humans waste 690 plastic bottles a second. We were just trying to get everyone on the Downtown Mall to reduce the waste by riding bikes, and using reusable water bottles," said sixth grader Molly Gobble.

Kids handed out flyers with tips for water conservation, sang about waste management, and danced to support electric cars. One group shared ways to use goats to tame your lawn, but the overall message was sustainability and practicing the phrase "reduce reuse and recycle."

"If you recycle a glass bottle it can be used eight times after you recycle it, and by recycling you can reduce 75 percent of the earth's waste," sixth grader Julianne Kirby said.

Sixth grader teacher, Dana Stokes, says the unit is part of a semester long project to get the students to stop simply memorizing facts, and start truly understanding the material through project based learning.

"It allows the kid to do problem solving and critical thinking, and deal with some real world issues that they are going to have to deal with," Stokes said.

Students said they plan on taking what they learned in the classroom, and putting to good use every day.

"I thought it was a really great way to incorporate green stuff and tell people about it," sixth grader Mary Moffett said. "It can save our world."

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