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Schools take part in earth challenge

Assistant professor Rob Higgins shares his European Fire Ant collection with students during the Earth Challenge at TRU Williams Lake Friday. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Assistant professor Rob Higgins shares his European Fire Ant collection with students during the Earth Challenge at TRU Williams Lake Friday.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

On Friday four school classes participated in the Earth Challenge held at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake.

Displays were hosted by Department of Fisheries and Oceans, science professors and students in the labs, Quesnel River Research Station, UBC Forestry, Williams Lake Airshed Society and the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS).

The classes who participated were the Home School Association with teacher Ms. McCoubrey, Cataline Grade 4/5 Mr. Kellam, Mountview's Grade 5/6 Ms. Maas and Grade 4/5 Ms. Fawcett/Bowers.

The winners of the Earth Challenge quiz itself were the home schoolers who picked the prize of a 'magical mystery tour' with Sue Hemphill.

Ms. Maas' class won an overnight trip at Scout Island, Mr. Kellam's class won a day trip to Gavin Lake, Ms. Fawcett's class won a litter pick in the river valley with Mary Forbes.

"We hope that students take some of what they learned back home and continue to work on ways to reduce their own impacts on the planet," said Jenny Howell from CCCS. "The mayor phrased it well in her speech to the students when she encouraged them all to become leaders and help protect the environment in whatever way they can."

 

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