Arkansas Kids Clean Up
In Phillips County, Arkansas, kids are making a difference—they’re going green! Students are joining the GEAR UP Environmental Club to learn and teach others about how to conserve the environment.
GEAR UP is an acronym meaning “Gaining Early Awareness Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.” It is a program that helps kids prepare for college. Sound boring? Actually, students who participate in GEAR UP have a great time. They go on field trips, take part in activities, and participate in free after-school tutoring and summer programs.
During the 2008 GEAR UP Summer Program at Barton High School, which included “Go Green” week, a group of students decided to put their new environmental knowledge to good use. With the help of their GEAR UP coordinator, they formed the GUEC (GEAR UP Environmental Club).
GUEC doesn’t have many members (about 10 kids), but that doesn’t stop them from making a difference. They have started to recycle cans and other aluminum things to fund different activities. For example, when GUEC decided to celebrate their successful club they had a pizza party. Where did the money come from? All those soda cans they recycled!
GUEC also cleans the community and they have planted trees and flowers in different places.
“We’re just trying to do our duties as citizens of Phillips County,” says one member. And they definitely are.
The GEAR UP Environmental Club is setting an example for the kids and adults in their community. So can you!
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