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Students Gather at Precinct One’s Deussen Park for Earth Day

Students learned about recycling, animal habits, the harmful effects of sound pollution and other environmental concerns at Precinct One’s annual Earth Day Celebration at Deussen Park.

The Environmental Education Program’s event on April 22 attracted some 85 students who got to study in an outdoor setting underneath tall trees near Lake Houston.

Instead of textbook-style learning, the children participated in games, arts and hands-on exhibits – all part of Precinct One’s ongoing programs that provide year-round educational and recreational services for youth.

“Our Environmental Education Program teaches children about the environment throughout the year, but the Earth Day celebration is a special event here in Precinct One,” Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis said.

Alexis Blaise, a third-grade teacher at The Rhodes School-Tidwell Campus, said students have been learning about animal habits and herbivores in class.

“So it’s a great extension and hands-on learning experience that goes with what they are learning in class,” said Blaise, whose charter school had 42 students at the park.

In addition to Rhodes, other youth at the event attend Precinct One’s Finnigan Youth Education Town (YET), Julia C. Hester House and Lincoln Park Community Center. 

Tatyana Delasbour, 9, a third-grader at Rhodes, said she learned how to help animals survive and how to protect their habitat.

“If we don’t keep the community safe, the animals can die,” she said. “We need to keep the earth clean by stopping pollution.”

Kenneth Johnson, 9, also a Rhodes third-grader, said: “I had fun. They taught us how animals hide from predators to save themselves.”

The four learning activities were presented by Precinct One employees and students from Quest Early College High School, which is the Environmental Education Program’s service learning school that assists the program throughout the year.  

Alejandro Abreu, 18, a Quest junior, said he enjoyed spending time educating the younger children about the environment in the outdoor setting under tall trees near Lake Houston.

“We get to learn ourselves from the adults who teach us as well,” he said.