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Charter kids pitch in for planet

When teacher Lori Davis started a project called This Pretty Planet about saving the environment, little did she imagine the innovative ideas her first- and second-grade students would come up with.

“We had letters to Jamba Juice” asking the national corporation not to use styrofoam cups, said Davis, of Grass Valley Charter School. “We had a model of hydroelectric energy. A student created a small solar panel that made a fan run. A little girl encouraged a no-waste lunch day at school.

“Another student created a newspaper,” Davis said. “She was like a little reporter. She went to Trader Joe’s and found out about their recycling plan. She also wrote a letter to DisneyWorld because she had been there and had noticed they didn’t recycle.



“There was a boy who did a Yuba River clean up. He went to the river, cleaned up and brought the trash he had gathered. Another student wrote a letter to the Durham Bus Co. to use biodiesel.”

Hailey Mitchell, 8, did her project on saving energy.




“I (wrote about) different kinds of lightbulbs and wrote how they could save energy,” Mitchell said. She and her mother did most of their research online and obtained most of the pictures from Google, she said.

Cassidy Ryley, 8, did her project on California red-legged frogs that, according to her, are becoming endangered due to the use of pesticides.

Ryley made a brochure “on where one could get organic fruits and vegetables, because they don’t have pesticides,” she said.

“I never really liked frogs, but when I did this project, I really became interested in them,” Ryley said.

Davis said the project was beneficial to students in primarily two ways.

“They had to get their message out to people or go and do some active service,” Daves said. “I also think the kids were really passionate on being stewards of the earth. I hope this is a life-long lesson they carry with them.”

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