Fort A.P. Hill Earth Day Celebration draws hundreds of students
May 2, 2012
More than 700 students flocked to Fort A.P. Hill for its annual Earth Day Celebration April 19.
Colby Hall, Spanish teacher at Caroline Middle School, said it was a great experience for the students to change their atmosphere and get outside for Earth Day.
"I learned something too, today! Did you know turtles have no teeth?" she exclaimed, while pointing toward the nature trail around Beaver Dam Pond.
Youth activities included 29 environmental exhibits from federal/state agencies and private organizations, a self-guided and interactive ecology walk, and displays of military vehicles and land management equipment.
Students came from The Marshall School, The Gladys H. Oberle School, Odyssey Montessori, Massaponax Christian Academy, Bowling Green Elementary School and Caroline County Middle School.
In addition to all the activities, students gathered around when Hershell E. Wolfe, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health), presented the Army Environmental Restoration Award to the Fort A.P. Hill restoration team, Terry Banks and Sergio Sergi of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division.
"Department of the Army has a super sustainability environmental program," Wolfe said. "The Army is in the forefront of all other agencies at protecting, conserving and restoring the environment in which we live, work and train.
The 2012 Army Earth Day theme is "Sustaining the environment for a secure future."
"We are not looking just at the Army's impact on the environment; we are also looking at the impact on Soldiers," Wolfe said.