Learning the lesson to use their voices young, about 30 students from Grass Valley Charter School will travel to Sacramento today to implore State Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird, to not close local state parks. Lyla Hunter, one of the students makes a point that the parks are their classroom.
“Because our schools take really fun field trips there and families love that place and also, if it gets shut down, it will be a danger to the environment, because if it gets shut down, it will no longer be protected and people will be able to throw trash in the river and on the river bed.”
The students are being taken to the capitol by Tom Mooers, Executive director of Sierra Watch and a Grass Valley Charter School parent volunteer. Kylee Durock says the students have put together placards and have been rehearsing for their meeting with Secretary Laird.
“We’re going to, instead of talking to him and preparing speeches and stuff, we’re going to do a skit, possibly a puppet show and we’re going to have these placards and stuff that will hopefully change his mind.”
Grass Valley Charter School used the expeditionary model of teaching which often places the students outside for their classroom. The students going to the capitol today range from 2nd to 5th graders.