The UA SRP has been working in the town of Hayden-Winkelman since 2015 to help the community understand possible exposures that come from living next to a Superfund Alternative site. One of the ongoing efforts involves Project Harvest which examines community gardening and rainwater harvesting. Project Harvest personnel have partnered with community members in Dewey-Humboldt, Hayden-Winkelman, Globe-Miami, and Tucson, Arizona. Recently, 4th grade students from Ms. Kathy Cruz’s classroom and 5th grade students from Ms. Jennifer Martinez’s classroom at Leonor Hambly K-8 School (Hayden-Winkelman) entered their Project Harvest rainwater harvesting design into the 2017 Arizona State Fair. In collaboration with Ms. Raimie Manch, a teacher volunteer very much involved in the school’s gardens program, students were encouraged to submit their project. The project involved creating a building block rendition of what was going to be constructed at their school in collaboration with Project Harvest. This enterprising group entered their project under the horticulture category and earned First Place and the Exceptional Merit Award. According to Ms. Cruz, “We want a way to give back to the community and it is important to start with children since they will be the leaders of the future influencing environmental decisions.”
Congratulations to the students and teachers that worked on this entry! Go Lobos!