Students learn about environmental issues at the fair

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WEEPING WATER – Elementary school students are increasingly knowledgeable about environmental issues.

That’s an observation from a Keep Cass County Beautiful official who sponsored a recent environmental fair where fifth graders learned through various presentations.

“Presenters said they noticed a change over the past five years that students seem to have more basic information on topics such as recycling and composting,” said Dana Stahl, president of KCCB. . “I hope this is because these issues are more common or because of the educational efforts the KCCB is making when visiting schools and discussing these important topics.”

The fair, held Sept. 28 at the Cass County Fairgrounds, drew 147 fifth-grade students from Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville and Weeping Water schools, Stahl said.

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“From my observations, the students enjoyed the fair, as they were busy attending the sessions all the time,” she said. “As I walked out, I asked them if they had a good time and they all answered with an enthusiastic yes. When I spoke to many presenters, they said the students were really engaged and asked very thoughtful questions. »

The fair covered a wide variety of topics from tree health, presented by the Nebraska Forest Service, to pollinator seed balls by the Omaha Public Food District, to composting by conservation officials. state, Stahl said.

Other topics included single-use plastics and their negative impact on waterways, she said.

“This year, we launched a new single-use plastic-free/zero waste event,” Stahl said. “We were very excited about this event where we created virtually zero waste through composting, recycling and using reusable items to even serve a meal to all the presenters.”

More than a dozen booths, each focusing on a different environmental topic, were set up, and students spent about 10 minutes at each booth, according to Stahl.

“The day was very successful and we had a lot of positive feedback from presenters and teachers,” she said.

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