Children Learn to Protect the Environment
COLUMBIA - A group pf young volunteers teamed up with Department of Public Works City of Columbia to maintain the environmental health of the community.
Twenty young campers of the Fun City Youth Academy explored Flat Branch Creek while picking up trash. It was a fun time as children's excitement and laughter filled the park.
The event was a partnership between a Columbia summer camp known as Fun City Youth Academy and the city's Department of Public Works. In addition to an volunteer experience, it was an educational opportunity for the youth to learn how to maintain the health of the natural environment.
Each volunteer was given a trash bag to pick up trash along the creek. Kids found a range of items from plastic bags and bottles to aluminum cans.
"It just showed out kids how important is to keep the creeks clean. Everything you drop along the side of the streams will be washed in to the water by stormwater. Every one of us is affecting and affected by the environment," said Michael Heimos, the Stormwater Educator of City of Columbia. Heimos has worked hard to educate the kids with knowledge about stormwater in the past few years.
Fun City Youth Academy encourages its campers to give back to the community by participating in different volunteer programs. Teacher Jaqui Rogers thought the Department of Public Works did a good job by calling for the public's attention to stormwater issues and offering a way to let residents address it.
"The hands-on experience makes it easy to instill the young kids with the concept of environment maintenance. It is interesting and help them learn with playing," Rogers said.