☷Fort Hood DPW educates youth at Gatesville Earth Day
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Sunny Wood , a Fort Hood archaeologist , explains to students how stone tools were once used in tanning animal hides during an annual Earth Day event at Gatesville , Texas , April 22 . GATESVILLE , Texas — Gatesville Independent School District students learned about recycling , sustainability , litter prevention , waterways and more during Gatesville’s annual Earth Day April 22 . “We are educating our children about sustainability at an early age and teaching them that every day is Earth Day , ” said Liz Reinhardt , development coordinator for City of Gatesvil......le . “We hope to inspire them that even at a young age , they can make a difference too . ” The program brought together 13 different presenters including several from Fort Hood’s Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division; Garrison and DPW Safety; Cen - Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership; Texas A&M Agrilife; and Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates from nearby Copperas Cove and Nolanville , Texas . “It’s amazing the support we get from Fort Hood and community partners throughout Central Texas” Reinhardt said . “We couldn’t do it without them . They do so much for the kids with the knowledge , visuals and experiences they share . ” For four years , DPW Environmental has been a supporter of the Gatesville Earth Day , providing interactive , engaging presentations . “We have Fort Hood staff with backgrounds in archaeology , wildlife , water , spill response and recycling , sharing their knowledge and teaching kids how to be more environmentally conscious with their decisions , ” said Tanicha Avila , environmental protection specialist for DPW Environmental . “There’s a little bit of everything , to teach everyone a little bit of something . ” Avila and Brent McGlothin , DPW Environmental , used a watershed model to explain how different pollutants like petroleum and oils and fertilizers can impact the environment , fish and organisms . “We need you to stop pollutants where you see them , ” McGlothin said . “You can help by not littering , cleaning up after your pets and keeping an eye out for leaks from vehicles . ” At another presentation , Fort Hood archaeologist Sunny Wood explained to students how artifacts help them learn about the different archaeological sites . “Historically , people didn’t recycle and consumer goods ended up in the ground and became artifacts , ” Wood said . “The different types of garbage that we find can help tell us the age of the sites , what kind of people lived there and what food they ate . ” Fifth - grader Hannah Ashley , 11 , said she had a great time at the event , and her favorite part was learning that elephant poop can be made into paper . “If we don’t take care of the environment , the Earth would basically be a giant trash can , ” Ashley said . “That would be bad for the animals and for us , and we would eventually die . ” Ashley was among more than 450 students who visited throughout the day . She challenged others to do their part to help the environment . “We can pick up trash at the parks , " Ashley said , "and don’t litter . ”
03 May 2022 ( May 03 2022 )
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