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Columbia Missourian

Children at Stephens learn to help the planet

By Linden Wilson
April 27, 2009 | 12:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Stephens College Children’s School is introducing a new event this year to help its young students understand the importance of a healthy planet and cleaning up the community.

Community Clean-Up day will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, with 90 to 100 students ages 3 to 11 taking a section of the Benton-Stephens neighborhood, helping to pick up trash while learning about recycling.

“We have collaborated with Sustain Mizzou to teach our children about sustainable living,” said Melissa Freeman, Stephens College Children’s School staff member. “Our Community Clean-Up is another step for the children to help our community.”

Freeman listed three previous steps that made up the curriculum to teach the children. The first was learning about ways to compost, building a compost pile and recycling.

“The children have learned about the different kinds of materials that can and cannot be recycled,” Freeman said.

Next was planting and gardening, followed by the children bringing the food to the table where they could learn what they planted in the garden and turn it into a meal.

On Monday, the kindergarten through 5th-grade students will make tie-dye T-shirts to wear during the clean up.

“The tie-dying is a way we can come together as a school to prepare for this event,” Freeman said.