Conservation On the Ground -
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Conservation on the Ground – Conservation Education in Covington County by Merry Buford, Soil Conservationist, Andalusia Field Office, AL All 26 third grade classes in Covington County recently had a chance to express themselves while learning about conservation. Each third grade student in the county received a Celebrate Conservation comic book. Through pictures, text, and definition of conservation terms, the comic book helped them understand that our soil and water provide the basic needs of daily life—the food for our bodies, the natural beauty that uplifts our spirits, and the foundation for our homes. The students learned the benefits of recycling—reducing pollution and conserving natural resources. After learning about the value of conservation, they had the opportunity to interpret what they had learned and to express their views on conservation by composing an artistic rendering in the form of a poster. Volunteers from the Master Gardeners Association and the Frank Jackson Trail Masters, along with our supervisors and other faithful volunteers, helped judge the posters. While all the posters were good, a winner was chosen from each class to move on to a county-wide contest. The county winners in this category were: 1) Landon Hughes, South Highlands Elementary, Mr. Archie’s class 2) Paige Cook, Red Level Elementary, Mrs. Harper’s class 3) Maklyn Batchelor, Red Level Elementary, Mrs. Guilford’s class These three individuals will go on to the area competition. These three students, their parents, and teachers were invited to the annual youth event that honors all contest winners for this year. Every student is a winner and should be proud of their poster because they learned about the value of our natural resources. Hopefully, these children will one day be able to give us innovative ideas about how Because of the conservation lessons learned, each child was a winner! to conserve and wisely use our natural resources because we took the time today to tell them about the importance of conservation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.