Kevin Osborne has great hopes for the Mulberry Elementary School environmental club.
“Your going to see this blossom,” said Osborne, a parent advisor for the club.
Though only in its first year, the club already has 20 enthusiastic members dedicated to protecting the environment. Once a month, the students meet to learn about the environment, do crafts, play games and work on various recycling and other environmental projects.
“The main purpose (of the club) is not just to recycle, but to also learn about you environment and ways to not only enhance your environment, but also be a part of it” Osborne said.
Osborne said he has been very impressed with the problem solving skills the environmental club members have demonstrated and believes their creativity will lead to innovative solutions to recycling and environmental concerns.
“If you empower the children of today and take a little time just to listen to them instead of telling them what to do … they can solve may problems that us adults cannot solve,” he said.
During the club’s last meeting, students discussed ways to make it easier to empty the school’s recycling bins. The students also learned about wildlife habitats and played a game to simulate the challenges faced by deer when their environment is threatened.
While the games and activities are fun, members of the club take learning very seriously.
Club member Carson Foraker said he has learned that pollution is the worst thing that could happen to an animal’s habitat. When asked what his most important message for adults would be, Foraker’s answer was very simple.
“Don’t pollute,” he said.
Fellow club member Louis Najfus shares Foraker’s concern about pollution, but also emphasizes the importance of recycling.
“Recycle as much as you can and don’t pollute.”
Osborne hopes students such as Najfus and Foraker will spread the word about the club and help make more people aware of the environment. Osborne said several local businesses such as and have helped the club with projects and he hopes other community members will come forward to help as well. Osborne asks those interested in helping to contact Mulberry Elementary School principal Vivian Stranahan.
“Get in touch with Principal Stranahan and let her know you would like to assist,” he said. “We would appreciate that.”