A procession of forty-one determined fourth graders was on a mission to clean up one area of the Baker community.
By Sherry Vogel
A procession of forty-one determined fourth graders was on a mission to clean up one area of the Baker community. Their excited chatter was heard as they marched through a south side residential neighborhood enroute from Longfellow Elementary to Baker High on Nov. 16.
The young students had been studying the effects of pollution on the environment. Mrs. Hastig, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Solberg knew of an area in Baker that was the perfect case study. The grove up behind Baker High School is a winter home to many animals and it needed to be cleaned up before the snow fell.
After the cleanup, the students would return to their classrooms; to discuss the harm each type of pollution has on our surroundings and ways to eliminate the mess.
A number of the students were eager to share their thoughts on, “Why is it important to clean up garbage?”
Quotes by the students:
Emily Burdick: I would like to keep the Earth nice and clean.
Brittney O’Connor: We need to protect the animals’ homes the same way we protect our own homes.
Kane Olsen: I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do. We need to keep the cycle going.
Sincere Ely: I think we’re doing this because it’s good to do a cleanup where the wrestlers missed when we did the spring cleanup.
Jeremy Miller: I want to help in the cleanup because some animals might come to hibernate in these trees.
Sheridan Beach: It’s good for the community to clean up and to help the plants and animals grow.
Chase Follmer: It keeps the animals healthy and helps the environment from being polluted.
Selena Gallegos: It helps our community and it’s going to help the animals in the winter. We are going to help the trees to grow more.
Austin Gaub: It will help the environment grow better. The plants won’t die if we clean up the garbage.
Kate Holliday: It will help save the animals, the environment, and the community.
Brendon Reetz: It is going to help the environment and the plants and animals that live there. If we clean up, they will have a clean place to live and eat.
Zander Rost: It will help the plants and animals.
Jasia Stieg: If there is garbage around their house, the animals might think it’s food . If it gets caught in their throats, they’ll die. The animals that eat the ones that die won’t have anything to eat. Then the food web will change in a bad way.
Isaac Lilyquist: It’s important to pick-up trash because if it stays here, it might make it hard for things to grow and it might choke animals.
Malachi Marshall: It’s important to clean up trash so animals don’t get caught up in it.