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Community

Soil, water foundation provides education opportunities

MORRISON – Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District Education Foundation staff presented educational programs this spring at sites throughout the county.

Foundation members had a chainsaw safety seminar Feb. 24 near Erie, with 40 people attending.

Whiteside County High School envirothon teams competed March 13 at Highland Community College in Freeport. Fulton High School team 1 took first place, Newman Central Catholic High School team 1, second, and Newman's team 2, third. Eastland High School in Lanark was the top FFA team. Fulton High School took part in the May 3 and 4 to the state competition in Monticello; and Eastland’s FFA team attended May 3.

Third grade students at five schools distributed native dogwood shrubs April 5 through 10.

A 464-flower bulb distribution by first grade students from seven schools was May 8 through 10.

A kindergarten coloring contest was held at three schools. All 53 students received a participation award. Prize winners are:

Morrison Northside Elementary School: First, Caelyn B.; second, Sarah O; St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Sterling: First, Callia P.; second, Ike G; Tampico Elementary School: First, Elle S.; second, Brianna K.

Planning is underway for Tri-County Fourth Grade Conservation Day, Sept. 27 at Palisades State Park in Savanna. The program is a 1-day outdoor education course where students are provided the opportunity to learn about Illinois' natural resources and environment. Carroll, Jo Daviess and Whiteside Conservation District staff work work with professional county staff from Natural Resource Conservation Service, the University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, retired teachers, US Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Area Guardians.

Educators in Whiteside County with conservation education ideas for students in second and fifth through seventh grades can call 815-772-2124, ext. 3, email the district at whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com or stop from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the district office, 16255 Liberty St.

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