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Local elementary students help fight pollution

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Green is the theme in Jill Schulte's second grade class at Hansen Elementary in Cedar Falls.

What does green mean to these students? Well, it's all about the environment.

"We're a very green room. We do a lot on backs of paper, we do a lot on white board. They're always after me to recycle. We recycle milk jugs," said Jill Schulte.

The class studied natural resources and discussed air, water and land pollution. The unit inspired the students to recycle more.

"We recycle the color and white paper. Because it helps the earth," said student Amelia Saltzman.

"I use my water bottle more, and make recycling bins out of cardboard and stuff," said student Connor Woods.

But the students also wanted to spread the word to others. They made a video, which aired through the entire school, to encourage everyone to recycle more.

The second graders also wrote letters to President Barack Obama. They gave him ideas for the nation to get involved with recycling.

"These kids really worry about the world, and they're the kids I want to be in charge," said Schulte.

The passion her students showed for this project has really touched teacher Jill Schulte.

"I'm always impressed with my kids," she said.

Schulte said her students are very aware, want to make a difference in the world and hope to encourage others to do the same.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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