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Arlington Field Office Discusses Environmental Issues with Local Elementary School Students
Southwest Region, March 7, 2008
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As part of the National Education Association’s "Read Across America," celebrating Dr. Susie’s 104th birthday, and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service priority of "Connecting People with Nature," Mr. Steve Arey of the Arlington Texas ESFO had the opportunity to interact with 2nd through 5th grade students at Garland Independent School District’s Heather Glen Elementary in Garland, Texas.  Mr. Arey discussed society's impact on the environment (forest, waters, and wildlife) and how they could have a positive affect on the environment. In addition to interacting with the students, Mr. Arey read to the students Dr. Susie’s The LoraxThe Lorax is a tale that chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax (a "mossy, bossy" man-like creature), who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler.  The Lorax has become a popular metaphor for those concerned about human impacts on the environment.

"Connecting People with Nature" is one of the six highest priorities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not only for the conservation of native wildlife and habitats, but for the health of our children as well. Heather Glen Elementary is a Title I inner-city school that is also a Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program cooperator. The school’s students have raised, through various activities, over $15,000 to be applied as a cost-share match to a $5,000 contribution that the Service provided for the development of an outdoor classroom on the school’s campus.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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