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FROM READERS: Stephens environmental club raises recycling awareness with children on Earth Day

By Janese Silvey/Missourian Reader
April 24, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Children from Stephens College Children's School decorate a tree sculpture made of recyclable goods.

Janese Silvey is a story specialist/strategist for Stephens College.

Members of Women of the Earth, Stephens College’s environmental club, teamed up with the Stephens College Children's School this month to raise awareness about recycling and repurposing wastes.

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On Earth Day, April 22, the Stephens students unveiled a tree sculpture made up entirely of recyclable goods in the foyer of Hugh Stephens Library. Children from SCCS then decorated the tree with recycled ornaments and sang songs they'd made up about protecting the environment.

“It’s a good way to raise awareness about Earth Day and instill a very early sense of conservation through recycling and repurposing materials,” said Jenna Andrews-McClymont, assistant psychology professor and Women of the Earth advisor.

Women of the Earth began this fall as a way to let students work with facilities to promote earth-friendly efforts on campus, said freshman Maile Wortham, the group’s president. She's hoping the club continues to grow over time.

SCCS’s environmental lessons will continue, too. In May, the school children will work with Women of the Earth to plant a vegetable garden on the school site. An accompanying butterfly garden will be added later in the summer.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor Joy Mayer.