From the Register-Mail:
Continuing a year-long theme on the Mississippi River and environmental science, Monmouth-Roseville Junior High School hosted several representatives from the Knox College Environmental Studies Department Thursday morning.
The Prairie Fire presenters had two themes, “Sustainability” and “Nature is really cool.” A side goal was to provide students with ideas and inspiration to do small things that add up to a big difference.
“We are trying to raise awareness,” said Knox College Chair of Environmental Studies Peter Schwartzman, who led the group. “We are trying to plant a few seeds on ways to live more respectfully of the environment and each other. To live so others can live.”
The Knox College student presenters, Brann Gallagher, Kaitlyn Puling, Creal Zearing, Annika Paulsen and Tory Kassabaum volunteered their time during exam preparations to travel to MRJHS. Gallagher, who spoke to an assembled group in the gymnasium, focused on nature and the outdoors.
“It is important to encourage them to get outdoors. I think that is important,” he said.