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Growing up green

Nevada City School District Club Preschool students Travis Forse, Brody Mnichowicz and Jason Blackston show off their class' work of art - a sculpture made from recycled items.
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The Nevada City Club Preschool is going green.

Teachers have spent the school year working to nurture the youngest students — called the Monkey class — in the Nevada City School District to be interested in and love the natural world.

The teachers were inspired by the district’s Green School Operations policy, according to Amber Johnson.



“Witnessing a young child’s developing awareness of how human activity affects animals, plants and the natural environment and empowering them to take action in caring for the natural world has been a rewarding experience,” Johnson said.

When asked why we should care for our earth, Jason, 4, had just the answer.




“Because we love it and we live in it,” he said.

As part of the green program, children were asked to bring in an item from home with the recycle symbol on it. The response was spectacular, Johnson said.

These items were used to create a sculpture that was truly a work of art, she added.

The sculpture was placed in the lunch area of the Seven Hills School to encourage and remind the district’s fifth- through eighth-graders to recycle, too.

Discussions about water, energy and resource conservation are facilitated on a daily basis at the preschool.

For child friendly suggestions on how to inspire the youngest environmentally conscience citizens, Johnson recommends “10 Things I Can Do To Help My World,” by Melanie Walsh.


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