Boys & Girls Club of Craig launches program to teach children about energy, environment
November 10, 2011
At a glance …
Team Green Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig
• New program kicks off at the club.
• Includes activities to teach children about mining, fossil fuels, endangered species and more.
• Program open to about 10 students daily, although different students can participate during the eight-week program.
• For more information, call Education Director Lissa Radman at 826-0411.
Starting this week, children who go to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will have a chance to learn what it means to be green.
The newly launched Team Green Program is designed to teach participants about energy and the environment using hands-on activities, said Lissa Radman, the club's education director.
"The main focus of the whole … eight weeks is what they could do to better reduce their carbon footprint," she added.
The program runs for eight weeks and is open to about 10 students a day, although different students can participate in the program during its duration.
"It might end up (that) we'll have a variety of 25 kids coming to the Team Green Program or more" during the eight-week period, Radman said.
She's spearheading the Team Green Program as part of her service in the AmeriCorps program, and she got the idea from her experiences at her alma mater, Appalachian State University in North Carolina, which "is a very green university and more sustainable university," she said.
The program kicked off on Oct. 17 with a tour of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association's Craig Station, where participants learned about how coal is mined and converted into energy, the club reported in a news release.
Children will learn about a spectrum of other topics during the Team Green Program, including non-renewable resources and oil spill cleanup.
Students will have a chance to learn firsthand about the latter when they attempt to remove oil from a feather using a range of substances, including soap and water, Radman said.
The program makes children aware of their environment and the resources available in and around the community, said Kim Maneotis, unit director for the Boys & Girls Club.
In her view, Team Green also offers another benefit.
"It helps our members develop healthy attitudes for home and at the club," she said.
For more information about Team Green, call Radman at 826-0411.
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