• FORT CARSON, Colo.---Students from Patriot Elementary School examine a bobcat that was on display during an education fair held at the Special Events Center April 23.

    Carson uses Earth Day as teaching tool

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---Students from Patriot Elementary School examine a bobcat that was on display during an education fair held at the Special Events Center April 23.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Joe Gallegos, DPW Environmental Division installation restoration program manager, helps demonstrate pollution of stormwater runoff to students from Abrams Elementary School during an education fair at the Special Events Center April 22.

    Carson uses Earth Day as teaching tool

    FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Joe Gallegos, DPW Environmental Division installation restoration program manager, helps demonstrate pollution of stormwater runoff to students from Abrams Elementary School during an education fair at the Special Events Center...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Susan Galentine, Directorate of Public Works public relations, reads Dr. Suess's "The Lorax" to a kindergarten class at Abrams Elementary School April 20.

    Carson uses Earth Day as teaching tool

    FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Susan Galentine, Directorate of Public Works public relations, reads Dr. Suess's "The Lorax" to a kindergarten class at Abrams Elementary School April 20.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Susan Galentine, Directorate of Public Works public relations, reads Dr. Suess's "The Lorax" to a kindergarten class at Abrams Elementary School April 20.

    Carson uses Earth Day as teaching tool

    FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Susan Galentine, Directorate of Public Works public relations, reads Dr. Suess's "The Lorax" to a kindergarten class at Abrams Elementary School April 20.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Justin Jelks, a bagger at the Fort Carson commissary, places groceries into a bag made of recycled paper, decorated by a Fort Carson student in honor of Earth day, at the Fort Carson commissary April 22.

    Carson uses Earth Day as teaching tool

    FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Justin Jelks, a bagger at the Fort Carson commissary, places groceries into a bag made of recycled paper, decorated by a Fort Carson student in honor of Earth day, at the Fort Carson commissary April 22.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Diane Miller, Pueblo Raptor and Nature Center, talks about birds of prey to a group of students from Carson Middle School during an education fair held at the Special Events Center April 22.

    Carson uses Earth Day as teaching tool

    FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Diane Miller, Pueblo Raptor and Nature Center, talks about birds of prey to a group of students from Carson Middle School during an education fair held at the Special Events Center April 22.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Roger Peyton, DPW Environmental Office, speaks to a group of students about the wildlife in the Colorado Springs area during an education fair held at the Special Events Center April 23.

    Carson uses Earth Day as teaching tool

    FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Roger Peyton, DPW Environmental Office, speaks to a group of students about the wildlife in the Colorado Springs area during an education fair held at the Special Events Center April 23.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Students from Carson Middle School get to see and touch various animals that are in the Colorado Springs area during an education fair for Earth day, held at the Special Events Center April 22.

    Carson uses Earth Day as teaching tool

    FORT CARSON, Colo.--- Students from Carson Middle School get to see and touch various animals that are in the Colorado Springs area during an education fair for Earth day, held at the Special Events Center April 22.

FORT CARSON, Colo.---Fort Carson students celebrated Earth Day with an array of activities centered on the message of sustaining the environment for a secure future.

Schools around Fort Carson took part in decorating recycled grocery bags, a poetry contest, a reading of "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss, tree planting and an educational fair held at the Special Events Center.

"The kids love Earth week and (teachers) love Earth week," said Jeri Onkle, 4th grade teacher at Patriot Elementary School. "It's an opportunity to teach the children about their responsibility to their planet."

The reading program brought in volunteers to read Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," a book that illustrates the harmful effects of pollution and destruction of natural resources.

More than 2,000 recyclable paper bags were decorated by students with their own creative illustrations about Earth Day and saving the planet. On Earth Day, these bags were given to the Fort Carson commissary to be used for bagging patrons groceries and passing along the message of Earth Day.

"Natural resource conservation. That would be the message that we're trying to get across," said Janine Hegeman, education and outreach specialist for the Directorate of Public Works. "That's the thread that ties together stormwater management ...saving the birds, endangered species, recycling, wildlife and fire management. It's all about resource conservation."

To aid in getting this message across to the younger generation, an education fair was held at the Special Events Center. Numerous displays were brought in to teach the children about recycling, stormwater, endangered species and fire safety among other things.

Most species are endangered because of things that people do, said Chris Kennedy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "We take away the places where they live, put pollutants into the environment ... and that has a harmful effect on a lot of species."

The events were designed to educate the younger generation and instill them with good habits to preserve the future of the planet's natural resources.

"If you teach them when they're young, their behaviors will change over time and they'll be better at managing our resources than we are," said Susan Galentine, DPW public relations. "(The children) are the future. They're the ones that are going to make a difference."



Winner of the 5th Grade Earth Day Essay Contest
Samantha Hayes, Mrs. Osorio's fifth grade class, Patriot Elementary School

Can You See'

Can you see, can you see'

A beautiful future for the city.

Lush grass and flowers galore.

Giant trees and much, much more!

Solar panels everywhere.

Sapphire lakes here and there.

We could make a difference all of us.

Like riding a bike instead of a bus.

Can you see' Can you see'

A green city.

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