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Early Earth Day at a Florida Elementary School

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Pam Stachurski and Kathy Krohn
Pam Stachurski of the Gifted Program at McMullen Booth Elementary School and Kathy Krohn pose next to the volcano model. Earlier in the year, the USGS had been invited to give a special program on crystals to the Gifted Program students (see article in March 2002 issue of Sound Waves).
Carrol Steakley from the Earth Savers Club of McMullen Booth Elementary School in Clearwater, FL, is highly organized and wanted to celebrate Earth Day early. She asked the USGS Center for Coastal and Regional Marine Studies (CCRMS) in St. Petersburg, FL, if we could come to the school on April 12. Kathy Krohn, a USGS Volunteer for Science, brought a large volcano model used at the center's open house last fall (see article in November 2001 issue of Sound Waves). The model is too big to fit into any of our field vehicles and had to be delivered in a special van.

Earth Day was held on the athletic field at McMullen Booth and was included as part of the day's curriculum for the 700 children. The event was well attended by local exhibitors. Rangers from Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, FL, displayed local shells. A clerk from Lowe's Home Improvement Center's nursery helped students plant a seed and instructed them to keep the pot to watch the seed grow. Science Safari Adventures from Clearwater, FL, displayed some local fauna, and a representative from the city of Dunedin showed how the city cleans its water. Needless to say, the USGS was the only exhibitor to bring an active volcano, and it made quite an impression on the children raised in Florida!

USGS model of a stratovolcano smaller volcano model, dubbed Mount Rainbow
Above left: Kathy Krohn demonstrates the USGS model of a stratovolcano to the children of McMullen Booth Elementary School for their Earth Day event.

Above right: Hannah Krohn prepares an eruption of a smaller volcano model, dubbed Mount Rainbow, for her classmates on Earth Day.

Related Sound Waves Stories
Crystal Demonstration for Second-Graders
March 2002
Open Houses Held in St. Petersburg Celebrate Earth Science Week
November 2001

Related Web Sites
Center for Coastal & Regional Marine Studies
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg, FL

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