The Ottumwa Courier

April 16, 2014

Cargill celebrates Earth Day by educating

By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer

---- — ALBIA — In honor of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, employees from Cargill Eddyville and Cargill Pork are visiting with students at Grant Elementary and Lincoln Center in Albia all this week.

On Wednesday the Courier caught up with them as they went to Lincoln Center to give presentations about several environmental issues and improvements that the children should focus on doing every day, like taking shorter showers to help conserve fresh water.

Students participated in question-and-answer demonstrations at four different stations, where Cargill employees gave statistics and offered helpful hints about how to care for the environment.

At each of the stations, which taught about recycling, renewable energy, water conservation and endangered species, the students had to take a sort of mini-quiz. Of course, the children weren’t graded on the quiz, they were simply used to help teach ways to better love the environment.

The Cargill employees started their Earth Day celebration on Monday at Grant Elementary. They are speaking to approximately 640 students this week from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Not only are the students learning all about environmental issues, but they also receive snacks donated by Hy-Vee and Jim and Charlie’s grocery stores.

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