EcoTrack 11 Report: Teaching kids to recycle

Teacher Melinda Lesniewicz wants kids to help teach their parents about the value of recycling.
Teacher Melinda Lesniewicz wants kids to help teach their parents about the value of recycling.
By all accounts, these students enjoyed learning about the environment.
By all accounts, these students enjoyed learning about the environment.

Meteorologist James Canterbury filed this report on March 17:

There are organizations that will teach you how to be green or responsible with your environment. The people at Keep Toledo - Lucas County Beautiful think they're doing a pretty good job.

Keep Toledo - Lucas County Beautiful education coordinator Melinda Lesniewicz explains.

"We offer outreach to the schools. We do educational programs on recycling and litter prevention," Lesniewicz says.

Lesniewicz took that message to the fifth graders at Longfellow Elementary on March 17.

"Once your garbage goes into the landfill, it gets mashed together and this dirty liquid forms," she points out to students. "We call kids our little police. We are hoping they go home and teach moms and dads: We are recycling at school, why aren't we at home?"

It sounds like students are getting the message.

"That recycling saves our environment so we have more resources," says fifth-grader Kailee Wood.

Making edible landfills is a great exercise for kids, but KTLCB has other insightful and impacting programs for adults, too.

"The Adopt-a-Street and Adopt-a-Road groups are wonderful ways for the adult groups and organizations to take pride in a particular area," Lesniewicz says.

Indeed, you can learn about the environment in different ways -- and at any age.

"I'm going to ask my mom and dad if we can start recycling," says fifth-grader Marcello McGort.

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